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Political newcomer raises more cash than veterans in Dunedin commission race

DUNEDIN| Just one month into the nonpartisan race to win one of four City Commission seats on the November ballot, a political newcomer has raised more money than three candidates who have up to a decade of experience each.

As of Thursday, the deadline for the first monthly campaign treasurer's report, records showed it was Bruce Livingston, a community volunteer and retired dental industry businessman making his first run for office, who raised the most money in March.

His $6,629 campaign account - which contains mostly $25 to $250 increments from nearly 30 donors -dwarfed those of sitting Commissioners Julie Ward Bujalski and Julie Scales (who are running for mayor) and former City Commissioner Deborah Kynes (who is eyeing the seat being vacated by retiring Commissioner Ron Barnette).

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