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More campaign finance notes from the Pasco school district



Kurt Browning had a plan when he announced his candidacy for Pasco schools superintendent: Come out looking strong.

His quarterly campaign finance report, showing a 3-to-1 advantage over two-term incumbent Heather Fiorentino's report, gave a partial picture. (Story here.) Browning also aimed to demonstrate he had broad support across the entire county. 

He looked to top Fiorentino's January announcement that she had some of Pasco's top Republicans in her corner. So Browning also released this week the names of the committees that have hosted fund raisers and meet and greets for his candidacy, offering a virtual who's who of east, central and west Pasco County.

Among the notable names: Withlacoochee Regional Electric CEO Billy Brown, Dade City Realtor Pat German, former Dade City mayor Hutch Brock, former School Board chairwoman Marge Whaley, Land O'Lakes real estate agent Jerry McCarthy, developer Mary Kate Bexley, funeral home director Tom Dobies, and developer JB Starkey.

Fiorentino said she's not worried that some prominent civic and business leaders have come out against her. She expected to draw support by talking to voters, including many satisfied parents, about the school district's successes.

Information about hopeful Ken Benson's financial report was not available.

The superintendent's race isn't the only one taking place in the Pasco school district.

School Board chairwoman Joanne Hurley faces a challenge from political newcomer Donald Stephenson in the race for District 2. 

Hurley nearly doubled her campaign contributions with donations of $3,880, to a total of $8,334, while Stephenson's total reached $3,427, most of which has been his own money.

Hurley has received contributions from several firms that do business with the district, including Holmes Hepner, Harvard Jolly and Cutler Associates. She also has collected funds from United Way president Susan Arnett, district food services director Rick Kurtz and former assistant superintendent Ray Gadd.

Stephenson said he will not accept donations from any companies that do business with the district or might seek work with the district. He also said he will not take money from any employee unions. 

District 4 incumbent Alison Crumbley does not face any opposition currently. Her quarterly finance report was not available.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 8:51am]


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