With a dozen candidates seeking three Pasco School Board seats this summer, money is likely to play a big role in putting names before voters' eyes.
School Board District 4 candidate Alison Crumbley took a big lead in that race over the past quarter.
In finance reports filed Friday, Crumbley detailed that she had added $17,290 to her campaign coffers — more than the other four hopefuls in her race combined. She added those contributions to her own $10,000 loan to herself to exceed any other candidate running for the nonpartisan School Board.
Crumbley's support came from a broad range of local residents and businesspeople, including some well-known names such as former board member Dorothy Mitchell, property appraiser Mike Wells and former assistant superintendent Ray Gadd.
The money raised by other District 4 candidates: Billie Kaleel, $3,808, primarily in personal loans; Steven Kanakis, $3,642, primarily in personal loans; John Tracy, $3,020, including a contribution from Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater; and Karen King, no report filed as of 5 p.m. Friday.
District 3 candidate Sallie Skipper had the second largest total account, at $22,120. Of that, $4,135 came in the most recent quarter. She listed several area lawyers and law firms among her contributors.
The tallies among other District 3 candidates: Cynthia Armstrong, $6,215, including $4,000 in personal loans; Mike Ryan, $1,795, including several donations of $50 or less; and Anthony Terranova, $3,660, including $2,770 in personal loans.
The money raised by District 5 candidates: George Brazier $2,755, primarily in personal loans; Mark Swartsel, $10,125, including $4,500 in personal loans; and Steve Luikart, $10,322 including several small donations and $3,016 in personal loans.
In the County Commission races, incumbent Pat Mulieri has amassed $56,145, with contributions from a range of developers, Realtors and other professionals, as well as a $5,000 personal loan. Her opponent in the District 2 Republican primary, Ken Littlefield, has $19,000 in contributions — all loans from himself.
Commissioner Michael Cox, a Democrat who faces a challenger in the November election, has established a $73,435 war chest with contributions from investors, Realtors, developers, business owners and retirees. The District 4 race pits him against Republican Henry Wilson Jr., who has raised $7,075 to date, about a third of which he loaned himself.