Oakley fast to raise cash for Pasco race
In the month since he announced his candidacy for Pasco County Commission, citrus grower and cattle rancher Ronald Oakley raised more than $19,000 in his second run for office.
Through Dec. 31, Oakley received 33 contributions totaling $18,500 and also donated $3,300 out of his own pocket. His Republican opponents in the Aug. 30 primary election, Debbie Wells and Rachel O’Connor, have not yet filed updated treasury reports. The monthly campaign finance reports are due Jan. 10.
Oakley’s financial support includes $1,000 contributions from Jobs for Florida, the political committee founded by Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, and from Sonny’s Discount Appliances, the business of Pasco GOP Chairman Randy Maggard.
There also are contributions from prominent members of the east Pasco business community including banker James Stalnaker, builder Kevin Ryman, rancher Bob Blanchard and Realtor William Nye.
Oakley, Wells and O’Connor are vying for the District 1 seat held by four-term incumbent Commissioner Ted Schrader who is running for Pasco property appraiser. Oakley and O’Connor unsuccessfully challenged Schrader in the 2012 winner-take-all, three-person Republican primary.