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Sdonaldsonjpg Heatherf In the race for Pasco superintendent, challenger Steve Donaldson inched past incumbent Heather Fiorentino on the latest campaign finance reports.

Donaldson showed total contributions of $29,857, compared to Fiorentino's $29,330 total - the first time he has surpassed the first-term superintendent.

Much of Donaldson's support comes from teachers and their associations: political action committees for the teachers in Pinellas, Nassau, Miami-Dade, Polk, Marion and Hillsborough counties donated anywhere from $200 to $500. But a huge chunk of his funding remains his own bank account. This reporting period, Donaldson gave himself more than $6,600 in in-kind support.

He's loaned himself thousands more in past weeks. And since he's already spent more than $20,000, there's not much left for the election, which doesn't roll around until Nov. 4.

Fiorentino, by contrast, has spent just over $6,000 of her take.

As we've noted in the past, it's a bad year for Republicans like Fiorentino generally. But she does have the benefit of name recognition across the county, so Donaldson has needed to spend liberally to get his name out there. It's on bus benches, billboards and mailers already. Will this Democrat be able to toss the incumbent? Like we said, we'll find out Nov. 4.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:54am]


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