Businesswoman Vanessa Baugh holds a substantial fund-raising lead over investment adviser John Colon in the race for Republican nomination for the District 5 seat on the Manatee County Commission.
As of July 6, Baugh had raised $51,800, and spent almost $21,800. Colon had raised more than $36,100 and spent almost $14,600, according to reports filed with the Manatee elections office.
A caveat to Baugh's advantage: She has been running for the seat and raising money since the spring of 2011, when she thought she would be challenging incumbent Commissioner Donna Hayes, who later dropped out of the race. Colon first started raising money in March of this year, according to reports filed with the elections office.
The winner of the Aug. 14 GOP primary, will face the winner of a Democratic Party contest between former Bradenton City Council member James T. Golden and U.S. Navy veteran Frank Archino.
Archino holds a slight fund-raising lead in that race, raising a total of $5,610 and spending almost an identical amount. Golden, who in 2010 unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Vern Buchanan for Congress, has raised $5,025 and spent more than $1,560, according to reports.
For a detailed look at the reports, including the names of donors, go here.