Manatee Sheriff Brad Steube took in less than $2,000 in political contributions for his re-election during the second quarter of 2012, but he still had almost $100,000 in the bank heading into the Aug. 14 vote, according to reports filed with the Manatee elections office.
That's compared to challenger William Waldron, who had about $500 in the bank.
Waldron reported taking in more than $8,200 -- including an $8,000 loan from himself. But he also reported spending more than $8,600. Counting previously reported amounts, Waldon's political account held a balance of $518.24.
As of July 6, Steube had spent more than $20,300 on his re-election effort.
Steube has a raised a total of $118,100. Among all candidates for local offices in Manatee, only state Sen. Mike Bennett, who is running for elections supervisor, has raised more, $121,800. (Incidentally, Steube has endorsed one of Bennett's rivals, Edward A. Bailey, for the GOP nomination for elections supervisor)
The sheriff's race will be decided Aug. 14 because Steube and Waldron, both Republicans, are the only candidates in the race. All registered voters can cast ballots in the race.
For a detailed look at the candidates' latest finance reports, including the names of donors, go here.
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