The money race for Pasco superintendent
They don't come close to some of the big ticket races on the Pasco County ballot. (Sheriff Bob White, up for reelection, has raised nearly $140,000 for his campaign.) But the two likely candidates for Pasco schools superintendent have raised some cash, and their latest financial reports give some insight into the race.
Incumbent Heather Fiorentino (left) has collected $20,685 - $7,550 in the most recent quarter - from a variety of sources ranging from businesses and PACs to district employees and folks in the community. Steve Donaldson (right), a Gulf High teacher, has received $5,825, including some local donations but primarily a $5,000 loan to himself.
Donaldson's campaign manager, Christopher Lee, tries to put the Donaldson report in the best possible light. In a press release, Lee calls the fund raising effort "signficant for a first-time candidate" and notes that Donaldson is nearing the total number of petition signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
Fiorentino also is nearing the petition qualifying level. Petitions are due in late May. Pasco County is the largest school district in the country to elect its superintendent.