He's running in a newly redrawn district, but that hasn't slowed down Bill Galvano's fund-raising for his campaign for a seat in the Florida Senate.
Galvano, running as a Republican in the new District 26, collected just more than $30,000 in contributions during the first quarter of 2012, bringing his total raised to more than $378,000, according to the Florida Division of Elections. He has spent a total of more than $164,000, leaving him with a nice cushion if anyone else chooses to enter the race.
The new District 26 includes almost all of Manatee County; all of Hardee and Desoto counties; and parts of Hillsborough, Highlands, Glades and Charlotte counties.
Parts of Manatee County, primarily in Palmetto and Bradenton, are in the new District 19, which runs south from Tampa. Incumbent Sen. Arthenia Joyner,, D-Tampa, raised $8,500 in the first quarter of 2012, bringing her total to more than $56,800, according to her filings.
On the House side, three incumbents who represent Manatee County have built huge fund-raising leads in their respective races -- even as they were limited in fund-raising because of the legislative session.
In District 71, Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, raised $6,000 in the first three months of this year, bringing his total to just more than $99,000. He has spent a little more than $9,200, according to the Division of Elections.
His only announced opposition, Democrat Adam Tebrugge, just entered the race last week, and has not reported any fund-raising.
In District 73, Rep. Greg Steube, R-Bradenton, raised $3,500 in the first quarter, bringing his total to almost $77,700. He has spent about $28,000, according to his campaign finance reports.
And in District 55, Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, raised $2,000, bringing his total to more than $41,000. He has spent almost $27,000 on his re-election effort, according to the Division of Elections.
Republican challenger Sharon Russ of St. Petersburg has raised a total of $715, according to her filings.