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Pastor leads in election war chest

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

When it comes to financing their bid to gain a seat on the Longboat Key Commission, candidate Irwin Pastor leads in total campaign contributions with more than $20,000 raised as of the reporting period ending March 7. In fact, Pastor’s $20,673 dwarfs the amount collected by his rival, Armando Linde, who has raised only $5,125. Pastor and Linde are both fighting for the At-Large commission seat, which is currently occupied by Commissioner Terry Gans.

Gans has chosen to run for the District 3 seat against Ray Rajewski. The District 3 seat is being vacated by current Vice Mayor David Brenner. Gans has collected $10,909 to date compared to Rajewski’s total contributions of $2,801.

The amount collected is generally directly reflected in the amount of exposure the candidate can garner in the election process. According to finance reports from the Town Clerk’s Office, most of the money is spent on newspaper advertising, signs, and direct mail pieces (for a complete list of all campaign donations, see page??).

 

Turnout totals

Early voting started March 10, and by end of day Friday March 14, a total of 1,013 votes had been cast. The breakdown is 448 absentee ballots returned, and 565 votes were cast in the town hall early voting booths. Out of the total 1,013 votes, 795 were Sarasota County residents and 218 were Manatee County residents.

 

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