Sara Baxter loans campaign $15,000, Michelle Oyola McGovern raises $26,000 in Palm Beach Commission race

The distant fundraiser No. 3 in a four-way race to represent District 6 on the Palm Beach County Commission last month added her biggest monthly total this election cycle.

But realtor and Republican by Sara Baxter The addition to his campaign was almost entirely due to a $15,000 loan to his campaign. After repaying two checks for $1,000 and bringing in small amounts from other donors, Baxter ended the month raising about $14,300.

Still, Baxter only has $18,369 on hand, way behind representing Matt Willhite and Michelle Oyola McGovern. These Democratic candidates have hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash as they seek to fill the commissioner’s seat Melissa McKinlay. McKinlay leaves her heart because of term limits.

Willhite and McGovern raced neck and neck in the race for the money to represent District 6. The District represents the largest strip of land among the county’s districts, encompassing the western agricultural part of the county. The district covers Belle Glade, Loxahatchee Groves, Pahokee, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay, Westlake and Wellington.

Right now, McGovern has a bigger campaign chest.

The rules prohibited Willhite from raising funds while the legislative session was underway. And McGovern, a health-care company administrator, raised $10,963 for her personal account last month, and her political committee, Team McGovern, shows $15,000 raised in February.

She shares the account with her husband, JOhn McGovern, candidate for Wellington Village Council. This means that committee funds could also be used for his campaign.

Team McGovern received $14,000 from the insurance industry, including the largest donation, a check for $6,000, from Onetech Benefits LLC, an insurance agency in Palm Beach Gardens. The political committee also raised $4,000 from Beecher Carlson Holdings, an Atlanta insurance agency, and Public Risk Insurance Advisors, another Daytona Beach insurance agency. A consultant, Michael Wood of Boca Raton, donated $1,000 to his committee.

His personal campaign account has also received support from insurance agencies. Records show his campaign collected checks for $1,000 from Brown & Brown Inc., a Daytona Beach insurance agency; Peachtree Special Risk Brokers, an Atlanta insurance agency; Beecher Carlson Holdings Inc., an Atlanta insurance agency; and Public Risk Insurance Advisers, a Daytona Beach insurance agency. The agricultural industry has also shown support for his campaign: Star Farms Corp. and Wedgeworth Farms Inc., both of Belle Glade, sent his campaign $1,000 each. Individuals who also sent the maximum donation of $1,000: Homer’s handa retired Belle Glade resident, and Pamela Goodman of Ocean Ridge, senior counsel for a law firm.

None of McGovern’s accounts showed any expenses in February, leaving her with $252,725 in cash for her campaign.

Willhite, who has $222,072 between his personal campaign and political committee, Floridians for Public Safetyspent $6,000 in February.

Willhite spent $2,500 to mandate MDW Communications to Plantation, another $2,500 to that company for consulting, and $1,000 to Silver Productions in Tallahassee for video production.

Baxter spent $993 in February and returned a $2,000 donation from the Deborah Adimy for the Congressional campaign. Adeimy is a Republican, candidate for the right to face the Democratic representative. Lois Frankel in the Florida 21 general electionst Congressional District this fall.

A third Democrat in the race, Sylvia Sharps, raised $675 in February and spent $235. She has a total of $7,887 on hand.

Campaigns faced a March 10 deadline to report all February financial activity.

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