Lowe raises $34K, Braddy $31K in runoff
Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8:04 p.m.
Incumbent Craig Lowe and challenger Ed Braddy each rebuilt and then spent down campaign war chests in the runoff race for Gainesville mayor.
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Lowe's campaign received 163 contributions totaling $34,235. Braddy's campaign received more contributions — a total of 225 — and $31,314.
In the three-week fundraising period for the runoff, Braddy eclipsed his contribution total leading up to the regular election and Lowe nearly matched his.
Heading into the final weekend before Tuesday's runoff election, a poll released Friday by the Pinellas County-based firm StPetePolls showed Braddy leading Lowe 40 percent to 36 percent. Of the 667 voters polled, 24 percent were undecided.
A company representative said the firm conducted the poll on its own and was not hired by either candidate or any political organization.
In the waning days before the election, early voting continues through mid-afternoon Sunday at the County Administration Building, 12 SE First St. in downtown Gainesville. Through Friday afternoon, 832 people had voted early. That's ahead of the pace for March's regular election by 70, Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter said. Carpenter said the office has also received more than 3,000 absentee ballots so far.
During the latest reporting period, more than half of Lowe's contributions came from the Democratic Party. Unlike businesses, individuals and other contributors, political parties are not subject to the $250 cap on contributions.
The Florida Democratic Party contributed $12,500 on April 4 and another $4,000 on April 11. The Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee contributed $1,500. Lowe contributed $1,000 to his campaign.
Members of the Democratic Executive Committee, several current and former city and county commissioners, the North Central Florida Central Labor Council and the African American Accountability Alliance were among the other contributors. The Labor Council and the 4A's are among the organizations that have endorsed Lowe in the runoff.
The bulk of Braddy's contributions came from individuals. Some of them included Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mitch Glaeser, Gainesville's Republican state Rep. Keith Perry, members of the Gainesville Tea Party, local builders and Democrats who have crossed party lines in recent races over the biomass contract.
Braddy received approximately two dozen contributions from businesses and 14 contributions from political action committees. Seven Realtor political action committees and six Police Benevolent Association political action committees made maximum $250 contributions.
The local Police Benevolent Association and the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors are among the groups that have endorsed Braddy.
The Alachua County Republican Committee of 100 contributed $250.
Lowe's campaign showed more than $33,000 in expenditures. More than $22,000 was paid to his campaign consulting firm, WWD Strategies, for campaign mailers.
Braddy's campaign showed some $31,200 in expenditures. That included nearly $13,000 paid to Best Policy Corp. for campaign media design and placement. Braddy co-founded that firm with former City Commission candidate and area bar and grill owner Robert Zeller.