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Ron Oakley takes in over $150K in Pasco County District 1 race

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Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley announced Friday that he raised more than $150,000 for his District 1 campaign last month.

“I am humbled by the strong outpouring of financial support from across Pasco County for our campaign,” he said.

The $157,375 raised in May includes $150,000 in loans from Oakley, who had previously run for the commission in 2012.

“I’m running to represent the people of Pasco County. As we continue to meet with voters and they hear our campaign message, they are joining our team,” Oakley said. “With this contribution, I’m demonstrating our commitment to carry our campaign message directly to the residents of Pasco County. “

After expenditures, Oakley finished the month with an on hand total of more than $193,000.

“Pasco County voters have a choice this primary election about who will best represent their interests on the County Commission,” he said. “I look forward to continue sharing our campaign message and vision for Pasco County’s future directly with them over the coming weeks.”

Currently, Oakley faces fellow Republicans Rachel O’Connor and Debbie Wells in his re-election campaign, as well as no-party candidate Dimitri Delgado.

The May report for puts him far ahead O’Connor, who has $17,385 on hand, and Delgado, who has $440, though Wells has not yet filed her report.

Through the end of April, the wife of retiring Pasco County Property Appraiser Mike Wells had raised $59,675 and spent $11,867, leaving her with $47,808 on hand at the start of May.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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