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Hurley leads cash battle in race for Pasco board seat



Joanne_hurleyIn a Pasco School Board race that has lacked much political heat (unlike those in a county to the south), one candidate has begun to pull ahead of the pack in the often critical areas of organizational and financial support.

Joanne Hurley - who has been racking up the endorsements from teachers, police and even the outgoing board member - also is raking in the big bucks at a faster pace than her opponents, Kurt Conover and Peter Hanzel.

The latest campaign financial reports, submitted this week, show Hurley having collected $22,502 in the most recent quarter, boosting her total to nearly $30,000. She lists several $500 donations (the maximum) from teacher unions across Florida, as well as from many developers, contractors and PACs. (See how those endorsements and contributions intersect?)

Hanzel received $14,780, including a $2,000 loan from himself and a mix of contributions from businesses and individuals. And Conover pulled in $11,677, mostly in smaller increments from individuals.

Most notably, Conover has reported already spending nearly $17,000 of his $23,000 campaign account. Hanzel and Hurley, by contrast, each have spent less than half that amount. With the election one month off and absentee ballots already in the mail, it should be interesting to see how (if?) the candidates' cash-on-hand affects this low-key campaign.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:51am]


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