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John Dicks raises more money than any other Hillsborough County Commission District 6 candidate in May

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There hasn’t been any publicly published polls of note in the ever competitive Hillsborough County Commission District 6 contest, so the publicly released fundraising figures are one indication about how the candidate’s are faring.

Last month, former Plant City Mayor John Dicks out fundraised his competition on both sides of the aisle, with the Democrat taking in $6,560 in May. However, his $41,950 total fundraising places him only fifth out of the six major candidates in the race, which Dicks did not enter until January.

Tampa attorney Brian Willis leads all Democrats in fundraising in the contest with more than $90,000 raised, though his cash-on-hand is now at approximately $54,000.

Fellow attorney Pat Kemp has raised nearly $77,000, with more than $60,000 cash-on-hand.

On the Republican side, former county commissioner Jim Norman continues to raise average amounts of cash after his sensational first month last year, where he took in more than $83,000. Norman raised $3,000 last month, his best month of fundraising since raising collecting $7,450 last November.

Norman spent $11,433 in expenditures last month. More than $5,000 of that went to his campaign consultant, GPS Partners, and another $4,000 was spent for postage stamps. He now has a total of approximately $55,000 cash-on-hand.

Norman’s GOP challenger, Tim Schock, raised $3,425 in May, and has raised more than $82,000 overall, and has more than $60,000 cash-on-hand, more than Norman has at this time.

Former County Commissioner and Tampa City Councilman Thomas Scott took in just $225 in May.




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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