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Brian Willis becomes first Democrat to raise more than $100K in Hillsborough Commission race

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Hillsborough County District 6 Democratic candidate Brian Willis announced Tuesday that his campaign has brought in over $102,000 to date, after bringing in over $7,045 through the June 24th fundraising deadline. That makes him the first Democrat in the competitive, four-person field to surpass the $100K goal, more than two months from the Aug. 30 primary.
“I’ve been fighting to fix our broken transportation system and standing up for equal rights for years and it is clear my message is resonating.” Willis said in a statement.”All of the candidates in the race want to talk about transportation, but my years of work and strong support for long term funding is helping us stand out and attracting new supporters to our team.”
Jim Norman, running on the Republican side of the ledger in District 6, was the first and previously only other candidate running for the board who has bypassed the $100,000 mark, raising more than $119,000 through the end of May. Much of Norman’s funds came from his very first full month of fundraising last September, when he posted an eye popping $83,000 total. Since then, he’s averaged
Willis impressively notes that his total number of donations from individual contributors is more than double every other campaign in District 6, and that he is the first Democrat to raise more than $100K in a county commission race since Kevin Beckner did back in 2008.
Willis in engaged in a four-person race to capture the Democratic primary election on Aug. 30, running against Pat Kemp, Tom Scott and John Dicks. The winner will face the victor of the Norman-Tim Schock contest in November.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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