Betsy Benac holds a big fund-raising lead over long-time Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash heading into next month's Republican primary.
Benac, a former county planner who now works for the Benderson development company, has raised almost $68,600 in contributions, including more than $20,500 in the three-month period that ended July 6, according to reports filed with the Manatee elections office.
Benac, who is challenging McClash for the at-large District 7 seat on the commission, had spent more than $23,900, leaving her with almost $35,000 in the bank for the final month of the campaign.
Benac's amounts dwarf those reported by McClash.
In the second quarter, McClash reported $5,075 in contributions, bringing his total haul to $6,575. He has spent a total $1,629.78, according to the elections office.
The winner of the primary will face two write-in candidates, Thomas Dell and Scot Findlay, the Nov. 6 general election. Neither has filed reports of contributions and expenditures, according to the elections office.
For a detailed look at the candidates' latest reports, including the names of donors, go here.