BRADENTON — Manatee County school board member Barbara Harvey’s campaign war chest has more than tripled since the last reporting period, the most of any school board candidate running for three open seats.
With two weeks until the election, Harvey’s coffers during the most recent reporting period July 17-30 climbed from $6,125 to $20,160, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website.
Positions for Districts 1, 3 and 5 are up for grabs Aug. 24.
“I’m still working on individual contributions but no Political Action Committees. I’m going to win,” said the District 1 candidate, who’s up against Parrish resident and business owner David Bailey, who raised $4,750 in the most recent reporting period, bringing his total to $10,655.30.
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With support from the Manatee Education Association and the Republican Club of Manatee County, Bailey has almost doubled his monetary contributions since the last reporting period. Although this is the third time he’s running against Harvey, Bailey said he’s not too worried.
“I have the best shot this time, I’m going at things with a different attitude,” he said, adding that he’s had nothing but positive feedback from the community after attending a Manatee Tea Party event Sunday.
So far he’s spent $5,109.38 on his campaign, including sending out fliers and a recent meet and greet at a friend’s Palmetto home.
Harvey, who so far has spent about $6,400 on campaigning, also contends winning is not about how much money a candidate raises.
“I really believe it’s principles of the individual, what they stand for and their integrity,” said Harvey, who has support from the Southeast Manatee Democratic Party and some district leaders including Louis Robison and Lynette Edwards.
The other two districts
Long-time school volunteer and budget committee member Julie Aranibar, a District 3 candidate, raised $7,110 in the most recent reporting period and $13,420.30 in the previous period bringing her total to $30,445.34.
At $21,601.99, she leads all three district races in expenditures.
Aranibar’s opponents, local pastor Albert Yusko and incumbent Jane Pfeilsticker, 54, also have raised more funds.
Yusko reported $350 raised in the most recent reporting period, bringing his total to $5,654.50.
Pfeilsticker had a much larger leap, reportedly raising $5,875, bringing her total to $12,605.
The other seat open on the board is in District 5. Long-time educator Jennifer Radebach and lawyer and community leader Karen Carpenter are vying for the seat being vacated by Walter Miller.
Radebach most recently raised $8,995.01, bringing her total to $14,715.01.
Her campaign treasurer’s report shows support from Misty Servia, a former Manatee County planner, and Brian Murphy, former chairman of the local Early Learning Coalition.
At $8,015.10, she has the second-highest expenditures in the race, the latest reports show.
Carpenter, who’s garnered support from school board Vice Chairman Bob Gause, is not too far behind financially.
Most recently she raised $3,125, bringing her total to $9,045. So far she’s spent $4,968.85.
The terms of incumbents Harry Kinnan, District 2 and Gause, District 4, expire in November 2012.