Chris Latvala breaks $165K raised for HD 67 race

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House District 67 GOP hopeful Chris Latvala continues his fundraising dominance by posting another $3,180 in May, according to reports from the Florida Division of Elections.

The Largo Republican, son of state Sen. Jack Latvala, reached $165,640 in his effort to succeed term-limited GOP State Rep. Ed Hooper to represent northeast Pinellas County. For three years, Chris Latvala served as Hooper’s legislative aide.

Last month, Latvala paid $11,057 in expenditures, leaving him with nearly $118,000 cash on hand.

Latvala’s chief Democratic opponent, activist Shawna Vercher, raised $2,635 in May, bringing her total to $14,420. The author, public speaker and radio talk show host, spent $3,847 last month, giving her just over $7,800 on hand.

Two active GOP opponents remain in the race: Christopher Shepard, who did not have any donation last month, and Frederick Thompson again filed only waivers of report, according to DOE figures.

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