By SARA KENNEDY
MANATEE -- Troy Thomas has filed to run for the Manatee County Commission District 2 seat as a write-in candidate, according to official records.
Thomas, a resident of Palmetto, joins two other candidates, Corie M. Holmes and Charles B. Smith, both of whom are running as Democrats in next fall's elections.
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Incumbent Commissioner Michael Gallen, also a Democrat, is running for re-election.
Gallen, the commission's lone Democrat, leads his challengers in monetary contributions, with $23,446.42, while Holmes has collected $1,798.98 and Smith has collected $945, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website.
Former commissioner Gwendolyn Brown, also a Democrat, has withdrawn from the race.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.