Julie Aranibar has jumped out to a wide lead over her rivals for the District 3 seat on the Manatee school board, according to finance reports filed with the Manatee County elections office.
As of March 31, Aranibar had raised more than $13,400 in cash and in-kind contributions, and spent almost $3,100.
By comparison, incumbent Jane Pfeilsticker had raised only $450, and a second challenger, Albert Yusko, had raised $2,240.
Aranibar raised all but $100 of her contributions during the first quarter of 2010. Her donors included school board member Bob Gause, who has contributed $100.
The race has also drawn the interest of members of the county commission.
Commissioner Donna Hayes has contributed $100 to Yusko; and Commissioner Carol Whitmore has contributed $150 to Aranibar.
For more, including a complete list of donors for each candidate, go here.
The school board election is Aug. 24, and if no one receives more than half the votes, the runoff will be Nov. 2.