Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston has jumped to a big fund-raising lead over two challengers in the Nov. 6 election.
Poston, the mayor since 2000, collected a total of $32,285 in cash and in-kind contributions between April 1 and June 30, according to records filed with the Manatee County elections office.
That's enough to give Poston, who received numerous donations from developers and other business interests, an almost 3-to-1 edge over the closest challenger, Richard O'Brien, who reporting raising a total of more than $11,400.
Among those supporting O'Brien, the chairman of the Manatee County Democratic Party, are several local party activists and former mayor Bill Evers.
Evers, whom Poston ousted in 1999 and then beat again in 2003 and 2007, donated $500 to O'Brien's campaign, according to records.
The third candidate in the race, City Council member Marianne Barnebey, reported receiving $2,000, the form of a loan from her to to her campaign.
On the spending side, the candidates are a bit closer.
Poston reported spending more than $3,400 between April 1 and June 30; O'Brien, more than $2,200; and Barnebey, $568.91 -- the amount each candidate had to pay for a spot on the ballot.
For a detailed look at the candidates' filings, go here.