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Re: A political adviser keeps her distance; sign wars, round two; and a new onion blooms in Carrollwood.

This letter responds to Paul Wilborn's Oct. 7 column which described a misleading account of the Gavalas-Olson school board race.

Wilborn wrote in his column "that a strong campaign can overcome the reputed power of the organized "religious right' vote _ even in a low-turnout primary." Wilborn's column failed to mention the astronomical amount of money that Candy Olson pumped into her campaign and falsely assumed that "religious right" organizations were rallying for Gavalas.

Candy Olson put $52,000 of her own money into her school board campaign. Olson's $52,000 plus $38,000 in contributions from real supporters provided her with three times as much campaign money as Gavalas raised. Olson had approximately $90,000 to Gavalas' $30,000.

Olson's $90,000 allowed her to mail two different fliers within four days of the Oct. 4 election and allowed her to buy dozens of newspaper and television advertisements. Her money paid for a media blitz which bought her quick name recognition among the voters. Basically, Olson bought her campaign victory with her own money.

Wilborn's allegation of the "religious right" rallying behind the Gavalas campaign is patently false. No "religious right" organization was involved in any of the run-off campaigns in Hillsborough County.

Wilborn's column also makes light of Candy Olson's intent to represent homosexual extremists when she takes office. The Force, a homosexual political publication, gave Candy Olson its highest rating for her willingness to support a special minority class for homosexual teachers and administrators and for her willingness to change current counseling procedures with regard to students who are struggling with homosexuality.

David Caton, Chairman, American Family Political

Committee of Florida, Tampa

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