Chris Latvala maintains HD 67 cash lead by raising another $5,750

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House District 67 GOP candidate Chris Latvala continues his campaign cash lead by adding another $5,750 from July 26 to Aug. 1, according the Florida Division of Elections.

The Largo Republican is now at $193,765 in his bid to succeed term-limited GOP State Rep. Ed Hooper for the district representing northeast Pinellas County. For three years, Latvala served as Hooper’s legislative aide. Hooper also endorses Latvala as his replacement.

During the weeklong reporting period, Latvala received in-kind donations of $5,000 for polling services from the Republican Party of Florida, as well as spending $12,107 mostly for mailers and campaign support — for a total of $102,285 in expenditures to date – leaving him $91,481 cash on hand.

Latvala’s leading Democratic opponent, radio talk show host Shawna Vercher, raised only $2,200 for the period, bringing her total to $24,640. Vercher also spent $1,112, giving her just under $4,400 on hand.

Other Democrats in the HD 67 include Steve Sarnoff, who raised $1,475 in the reporting period for a total of $14,612, with a little over $3,000 on hand. Thomas Ryan had no donations, keeping his total to $465, with $145 on hand, according to DOE figures.

The only other active GOP opponent in the Aug. 26 primary, Christopher Shepard, also had no donations for the reporting period, a total of $2,120 and $64 on hand.

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