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Top Anna Maria spender wins commission seat

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Sometimes, spending money gets the job done.

Carol Carter was elected to a seat on the Anna Maria City Commission Nov. 5. She also spent the most money on her campaign.

Information available from the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office shows Carter had $1,100 in her campaign treasury and spent $882.84. She also reported $126 as “in-kind” work.

Carter received $100 donations from former Mayor Fran Barford and former Commissioner Christine Tollette. She also received $100 from her husband Bob, and $100 each from Anna Maria residents Sarah York and Chris Collins. Campaign treasurer Sandy Mattick donated $34 to the campaign.

Also elected to the commission was Doug Copeland, who was appointed to the commission in June. Copeland spent no money and collected nothing for his campaign.

Incumbent Dale Woodland was re-elected for his sixth term. Woodland reported $900 as “in-kind” donations and spent $352.

Candidate Michael Jaworski, who was not elected, did not receive any donations and spent no money on his campaign.

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