Chris Latvala cracks $200K in final weeks of HD 67 primary race

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With only eight days to go until the primaries for the open seat in House District 67, Chris Latvala breaks $200,000 in fundraising.

At the same time, other prospective HD 67 candidates appear to be fading fast, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

Son of state Sen. Jack Latvala, the Largo Republican raised another $8,250 during Aug. 1-8 to reach an impressive $202,015 in his inaugural effort to succeed term-limited GOP state Rep. Ed Hooper for the northeast Pinellas County seat. Latvala worked as Hooper’s legislative aide for three years.

Meanwhile, Latvala paid $63,757 in expenditures in the weeklong reporting period — including a $54,000 advertising buy through Southern Campaign Resources — leaving him with $22,657 on hand.

Latvala is facing Christopher Shepard in the upcoming Aug. 26 primary. Shepard filed a waiver of report for the current period, keeping his total of $2,120 and $64 on hand.

The main Democratic HD 67 candidate, activist Shawna Vercher, pales in comparison to her Republican counterpart. Vercher took in only $775 for the period, bringing her total to $24,415.

The author, public speaker and radio talk show host — who has come under fire for questionable campaign reporting and claims about her role in President Obama’s 2008 campaign — also spent $949, giving her just over $4,200 on hand.

Other Democrats in the race include Steve Sarnoff, who did substantially better than Vercher with a haul of $2,375 in the reporting period, bringing his total to $16,987 and $4,734 on hand. Coming in dead last in the money race is Thomas Ryan, who took in a paltry $50 and gave his campaign a $150 loan. Ryan now owes his campaign $37, DOE figures show.

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