Whitmore winning fundraising race

Democratic challenger Sundae Lynn Knight is reporting less than $3,000 in donations while Republican incumbent Carol Whitmore has raised more than $75,000 in contributions.

The two candidates are facing each other in the Nov. 2 race for an at-large seat on the Manatee County Board of Commissioners.

Knight’s campaign finance reports, filed with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office, show as of Sept. 17 a few small loans from the candidate to her campaign, as well as some in-kind contributions.

The reports also show a series of contributions — $250 or less — from individuals and a few organizations, such as the AFL-CIO. No donors listing Island residences showed up on the financial disclosure list.

Knight’s expenses – totaling about $1,000 — have mostly been for postage, printing, mailers, signs and election fees.

Financial papers for Whitmore, who lives in Holmes Beach and was that city’s mayor, show contributions of $75,635 and expenses of $46,570.77.

Like Knight, some of Whitmore’s contributions include candidate loans to the campaign, but mostly they are donations of $500 or less from individuals and organizations.

Island donors to Whitmore’s campaign include Hurricane Hanks, Charles Stealey, Miriam Goolsby, Pierrette Kelly, Arthur Valadie, LaPensee Plumbing, Scott Moore, Christine Rudacille, Anna Maria Island Resorts, Marsh Bloom, Gary Hickerson, Janice Oaks, Edward Upshaw, Paul Kelly, Hughes Rice, Ross Built, Air & Energy, Darcie Duncan, Denise Johnson, Lawrence Chatt, , Frank Davis, Harrington House, Bark and Company Realty, Barry Gould, Jason Sato, Tina Rudek, John Cagnina, Rex Hagen, George Jackson, WELD Inc., An Island Place Realty, Janet Aubry, Kimball Construction, Mike Sales, Sissy Quinn, Sandy Mattick, Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, Michael Coleman and County Commissioner John Chappie.

Whitmore, as of Sept. 16, reported several PAC donations, including contributions from Beall’s, Innovate Florida, Floridians for a Sustainable Economy and the Greater Florida Leadership Group.

On the expense side, most of Whitmore’s campaign costs have been for printing, postage, consulting and for food and beverages at fundraisers.

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