John Wood holds big contribution lead in House District 41

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Florida House District 41 — formerly District 65 — looks to be the district in Polk County with the most competitors, but in campaign collections it is a runaway for incumbent John Wood, R-Winter Haven, reports the Lakeland Ledger.

Wood is in a Republican primary Aug. 14 with John Lindsey of Winter Haven. The winner will face Democrat Karen Welzel of Winter Haven, who entered the race last month.

Wood collected $99,780 by the end of March, according to his campaign finance report. Lindsey collected $2,079. Welzel will not be required to file a report until the next reporting date, July 13.

Lindsey has contributed $1,042 to himself. Lindsey has 42 contributions but most range from $2 to $10. He said he won’t have to pay the qualifying fee because he has enough voter signatures to get on the ballot by petition, saving an expense.

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