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John Dicks leads all Hillsborough County Commission District 6 candidates in January fundraising

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In his first month of fundraising after announcing his candidacy, former Plant City Mayor John Dicks raised $10,882 in January in his bid for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race. Nearly half of that total – $5,000 – came from Dicks himself.

Dicks entered the contest on Jan. 18, becoming the fourth Democrat to compete for the open county commission seat that will be vacated later this year by a term-limited Kevin Beckner.

Tampa lawyer Brian Willis raised the second most of any candidate in January with $4,038, and his $71,990 overall total is the most of any Democrat in the race.

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Tom Scott raised $1,900 last month, and has raised $24,366 overall.

Attorney and environmental activist Pat Kemp raised $1,070 in January, and has raised $59,970 overall.

On the GOP side, for the second straight month, Jim Norman didn’t do much at all in terms of fundraising. The former county commissioner and state legislator who is attempting a political comeback brought in $1,750 in January, and has only raised $2,750 over the past two months.

Doing a little better was his Republican counterpart Tim Schock, who took in $2,150 for the second straight month.

However, because of his explosive first month of fundraising, Norman still dominates the field overall, having taken in $110,325 to date. Schock has raised $42,600.

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

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