State Politics

ELECTIONS 2012: Local legislative candidates boost funds

Bill Galvano continues to pad his war chest for his campaign for the Florida Senate -- and there still is not an opponent in sight.

Galvano, who is running to represent a district still taking shape during the Legislature’s redistricting process, collected $42,945 in contributions during the final three months of 2011, bringing his total so far to more than $348,100, according to reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections.

Galvano, a Republican from Bradenton, has spent more than $136,700 on his campaign, meaning he ended 2011 with more than $211,000 in the bank.

The most recent reports, filed this month, cover campaign fundraising and expenses in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Galvano, a former member of the Florida House, is hoping to replace Sen. Mike Bennett as Bradenton’s representative in the Florida Senate.

However, the exact boundaries of his district -- and other legislative and congressional districts -- remain to be set by the Legislature. Bennett cannot run again because of term limits.

Galvano is listed as a candidate for Senate District 21. No one else has filed to run for the seat.

Similarly, two Republican state lawmakers from Bradenton, Jim Boyd and Greg Steube, are bolstering their finances even though they don’t yet have an announced opponent. They also are waiting for the redistricting process to show them exactly where they will be running.

Boyd raised $37,100 in the final three months of 2011, leaving him with more than $85,600 for his re-election effort, according to the Division of Elections.

Boyd has raised a total of almost $93,100 and spent less than $7,500.

Steube collected more than $51,000 in campaign contributions in the final three months of the year.

So far for his re-election effort, Steube has raised almost $74,200 and spent more than $18,700, leaving him with more than $55,400 in the bank, according to the Division of Elections.