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Voting mirrors fundraising in Hillsborough school board races



TAMPA -- Does fundraising prowess matter when it comes to local school board races? Could be.

All three of the top vote-getters in Tuesday's primary election for the Hillsborough County School Board outspent their nearest rivals by significant margins. Incumbent April Griffin shook the most out of her campaign's piggy bank, spending $41,447,  followed by incumbent Candy Olson with $25,007. (Here's where you can find a full list of their contributors, along with amounts raised.)

Below are the total amounts spent to date. Bear in mind that Candy Olson is the only candidate who won the primary outright in District 2, defeating Frank Hernandez. Griffin will face Sally A. Harris in the Nov. 4 runoff for the countywide seat in District 6. And White will face Richard Bartels for the east Hillsborough seat in District 4 held by incumbent Jennifer Faliero, who failed to secure a third term on the board.

District 2:

* Candy Olson - $25,007

   Frank Hernandez - $4,625

District 4:

# Stacy White - $12,496

   Kirk Faryniasz - $3,616

   Jennifer Faliero - $3,408

# Richard Bartels - $3,259

District 6:

# April Griffin - $41,447

   Terry Kemple - $34,624

# Sally A. Harris - $13,773

    Benjamin Fink - $2,596


*  won primary

#  advances to Nov. 4 runoff

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 3:20pm]


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