Sheriff  candidate contributions as of 1-10-2020

1. Totals are as of the Jan. 10 reports

2. The maximum individual contribution per candidate is $1,000. Instances in this report that show amounts higher include associated businesses and family.

3. Contribution numbers exclude inkind.

4. Each contribution is an individual donation for the campaign, including checks from the candidate him/herself.

Source: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections website, www.votecitrus.com.


Once upon a time, not all that long ago, we wouldn’t hear of candidates for office during what I call the odd-number year.

Elections are held in even-number years. Unless someone’s running for a really big office, like president, governor or Congress, the campaigns didn’t kick off until the year of the election.

I’m not making this up. Look at the data, from the supervisor of elections website:

• 2006: Two of 20 total candidates filed before the election year.

• 2008: Seven of 23.

• 2010: None filed early.

• 2012: Eight of 27.

• 2014: Four of 20.

• 2016: 12 of 24.

• 2018: One of 14.

• 2020: 24 total of 26

Look again at this year. All but two of the current total number of candidates for local office (excluding Mosquito Control Board or the Homosassa Special Water District) started their campaigns in 2019, or before.

I would guess this occurs so candidates to get a jump-start on the campaign, start fundraising in earnest to potentially squeeze out anyone else thinking of joining the race.

So, how did those candidates do with that head start?

Campaign reports are due on the 10th of each month for the month prior. So the reports that came in on Jan. 10 provided all the contributions and spending for 2019.

To see more on candidate financial reports, visit the Campaign Finance website.

A few caveats when reading these reports:

• The most a business or individual may contribute to each candidate is $1,000 per election cycle ($1,000 for the primary; $1,000 post primary for the general election). In instances where we show individual donations more than $1,000, we’ve combined associated businesses or family members.

Here’s an example: Auto dealer Steve Lamb contributes to various candidates. He may donate $1,000. His wife, Jewel, may donate $1,000. Businesses the Lambs own may also contribute $1,000 each. Rather than list each individually, we combined them as a total contribution.

• Each candidate’s report shows the list of contributors. Every single donation is a contribution, including those from the candidate him/herself. That’s why some candidates list contributors even though they’re the only donors. Remember: Each check is a single donation regardless of who gives it.

• Our review covers sheriff, county commission, property appraiser, superintendent of schools, supervisor of elections   and school board candidates. It excludes Mosquito Control Board, Homosassa Special Water District, state House of Representatives and U.S. House of Representatives.

• Left off our lists are two candidates who filed in January and haven't yet filed a campaign finance report: Angela Vick, clerk of court; and Holly Leigh Davis, county commission District 5.

• All candidate finance information comes from the Citrus County Supervisor of Elections website: www.votecitrus.com.


Candidate: Patrick Crippen.

Office: Sheriff.

Total collected: $23,011.

Total spent: $22,531.

Number of total contributors: 227.

Number of $1,000 contributions: Four.

Prominent donors: MacRae’s of Homosassa, $250; former CR Police Chief and sheriff candidate Steve Burch, just under $250.

Candidate’s contribution: $7,472.

Largest single expense: $6,890 for yard signs in Oct. ‘18.

Of note: Crippen spends nearly on the same pace as he brings in, expenses include $1,400 in gasoline, $600 in lunch meetings with supporters and $53 for dry cleaning; all four of Crippen’s $1,000 donors are from out of Citrus County.

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Candidate: Mel Eakley.

Office: Sheriff.

Total collected: $46,156.

Total spent: $16,461.

Total contributors: 249.

$1,000 contributions: 19.

Prominent donors: Realtor Kevin Cunningham, $500; April Royal, widow of Phil Royal, $500; Inverness businessman Jeff Grow, $2,000.

Candidate’s contribution: $2,050.

Largest single expense: $1,577 for apparel advertising in February 2019.

Of note: Eakley paid $1,500 in campaign consulting fees to Meredith Linley through May, but she left the campaign for one of her own — supervisor of elections.

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Candidate: Mike Klyap.

Office: Sheriff.

Total collected: $15,742.

Total spent: $14,716.

Total contributors: 242.

$1,000 contributions: Two.

Prominent donors: A1 TNT Bail Bonds, Lecanto, $600; Citrus Diagnostic Center, $250; Paul Reinhardt, candidate for superintendent of schools, $25; Mobile 1 Express Lube, Crystal River, $250.

Candidate’s contribution: $1,350.

Largest single expense: $3,580 for campaign signs in October 2019.

Of note: Klyap has $6,568 in in-kind donations, mostly items donated for an auction fundraiser.

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Candidate: Mike Prendergast.

Office: Sheriff.

Total collected: $109,131.

Total spent: $2,904.

Total contributors: 284.

$1,000 contributions: 74.

Prominent donors: Auto dealer Steve Lamb, $5,000; Winn Webb, former county commissioner, $1,000; Howard’s Flea Market, $1,000; D.A.B. Constructors, $5,000; businesses owned or associated by Scott Adams, $3,000; jail operator Core Civic of Tennessee LLC, $500; Citrus Hills Holdings, $1,000; MacRae’s of Homosassa, $250; state Rep. Ralph Massullo, $1,000; Crump’s Landing co-owner Byron Rogers, $5,000.

Candidate’s contribution: Zero.

Largest single expense: $2,451 for campaign signs and stickers in October ‘19.

Of note: Prendergast opened his campaign account in March 2017, but didn’t start collecting until January 2019; of his contributors, about one-quarter — 70 — are businesses; while Prendergast has spent very little compared to his opponents, he has the advantage of incumbency — his picture is included on sheriff’s office billboards for recruiting and one aimed at fighting illegal drugs.


Property Appraiser contributions as of 1-10-2020

1. Totals are as of the Jan. 10 reports

2. The maximum individual contribution per candidate is $1,000. Instances in this report that show amounts higher include associated businesses and family.

3. Contribution numbers exclude inkind.

4. Each contribution is an individual donation for the campaign, including checks from the candidate him/herself.

Source: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections website, www.votecitrus.com.


Candidate: Cregg Dalton.

Office: Property Appraiser.

Total collected: $11,875.

Total spent: $1,314.

Total contributors: 35.

Candidate’s contribution: $50.

$1,000 contributions: Six.

Prominent donors: Auto dealer Steve Lamb, $4,000; Pospiech Contracting, $1,000.

Largest single expense: $230 to the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce for Citrus County Legislative Days in Tallahassee.

Of note: Dalton opened his campaign account in November 2019.

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Candidate: David Gregory.

Office: Property Appraiser.

Total collected: $290.

Total spent: $202.

Total contributors: Four.

Candidate’s contribution: $290.

$1,000 contributions: None.

Prominent donors: None.

Largest single expense: $109 to the supervisor of elections to verify petition signatures.

Of note: Gregory started his campaign in August 2019. He was the first to announce for property appraiser. So far, Gregory is the only contributor to his campaign.

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Candidate: Timothy Reynard.

Office: Property Appraiser.

Total collected: $10,100.

Total spent: Zero.

Total contributors: Two.

Candidate’s contribution: $10,000.

$1,000 contributions: None.

Prominent donors: None.

Largest single expense: None.

Of note: Reynard opened his campaign account in November 2019.

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Candidate: Richard “Rick” Schroeder.

Office: Property Appraiser.

Total collected: $1,300.

Total spent: $872.

Total contributors: Two.

Candidate’s contribution: $1,300.

$1,000 contributions: None.

Prominent donors: None.

Largest single expense: $427 for campaign signs.

Of note: Schroeder opened his campaign account in November 2019.

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Candidate: Rob Tessmer.

Office: Property Appraiser.

Total collected: $10,150.

Total spent: $1,406.

Total contributors: 19.

Candidate’s contribution: $2,050.

$1,000 contributions: Five.

Prominent donors: Coldwell Banker $1,000.

Largest single expense: $500 to Winsler Consulting.

Of note: Tessmer opened his campaign account in December 2019.


School district contributions as of 1-10-2020

1. Totals are as of the Jan. 10 reports

2. The maximum individual contribution per candidate is $1,000. Instances in this report that show amounts higher include associated businesses and family.

3. Contribution numbers exclude inkind.

4. Each contribution is an individual donation for the campaign, including checks from the candidate him/herself.

Source: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections website, www.votecitrus.com.


Candidate: Sandra “Sam” Himmel.

Office: Superintendent of Schools.

Total collected: $34,070.

Total spent: $6,010.

Total contributors: 578.

Candidate’s contribution: Zero.

$1,000 contributions: Eight.

Prominent donors: School board attorney Wes Bradshaw, $50; auto dealer Steve Lamb, $3,000; school board member Thomas Kennedy, $40; school board member Linda Powers, $40; chamber of commerce CEO Josh Wooten, $20; Jobs for Florida, a PAC headed by Sen. Wilton Simpson, $1,000; assistant superintendents Jonny Bishop and Mike Mullen, $500 each; Commissioner Jeff Kinnard, $500; Nature Coast Conservative Coalition, a PAC headed by Charlie Dean Jr., the son of former Sen. Charlie Dean, $1,000.

Largest single expense: $2,802 for campaign T-shirts.

Of note: At 578, Himmel has more individual donors than any other local candidate and twice as many than most. Many contributors are Citrus County educators.

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Candidate: Paul Reinhardt.

Office: Superintendent of Schools.

Total collected: $2,100.

Total spent: $271.

Total contributors: Two.

Candidate’s contributions: $2,000.

$1,000 contributions: None.

Prominent donors: None.

Largest single expense: $109 to supervisor of elections to verify petition signatures.

Of note: Reinhardt, in his unsuccessful 2018 campaign for state representative, collected $1,850 from donors and spent $1,716 of his own money.


Elections candidate contributions as of 1-10-2020

1. Totals are as of the Jan. 10 reports

2. The maximum individual contribution per candidate is $1,000. Instances in this report that show amounts higher include associated businesses and family.

3. Contribution numbers exclude inkind.

4. Each contribution is an individual donation for the campaign, including checks from the candidate him/herself.

Source: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections website, www.votecitrus.com.


Candidate: Scott Adams.

Office: Supervisor of Elections.

Total collected: $20,900.

Total spent: $6,768.

Total contributors: 64.

Candidate’s contribution: $100.

$1,000 contributions: 16.

Prominent donors: Crump’s Landing, $5,000

Largest single expense: $1,323 for advertising.

Of note: In his unsuccessful 2018 campaign for county commission, Adams loaned $100,000 of his own money. He repaid himself about $12,000.

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Candidate: Maureen “Mo” Baird.

Office: Supervisor of Elections.

Total collected: $14,190.

Total spent: $1,371.

Total contributors: 63.

Candidate’s contribution: $5,000.

$1,000 contributions: Two.

Prominent donors: Susan Gill, supervisor of elections, $500; Winn Webb, former commissioner, $100.

Largest single expense: $190 for campaign materials.

Of note: Along with support from Gill, Baird has financial contributions from six supervisors of elections from these counties: Alachua, Bradford, Okeechobee, Hernando, Martin and Polk.

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Candidate: Meredith Linley.

Office: Supervisor of Elections.

Total collected: $2,785.

Total spent: $2,191.

Total contributors: 29.

Candidate’s contribution: None.

$1,000 contributions: None.

Prominent donors: Rebecca Bays, former commissioner, $100; Jeff Dawsy, former sheriff, $100.

Largest single expense: $372 for campaign shirts.

Of note: Linley’s contributors include $250 from Sarah Busk, a Tallahassee lobbyist.


Commissioner races contributions as of 1-10-2020

1. Totals are as of the Jan. 10 reports

2. The maximum individual contribution per candidate is $1,000. Instances in this report that show amounts higher include associated businesses and family.

3. Contribution numbers exclude inkind.

4. Each contribution is an individual donation for the campaign, including checks from the candidate him/herself.

Source: Citrus County Supervisor of Elections website, www.votecitrus.com.


 Candidate: Jeff Kinnard.

Office: County Commission District 1.

Total collected: $33,625.

Total spent: $873.

Total contributors: 52.

Candidate’s contribution: $100.

$1,000 contributions: 25.

Prominent donors: William Bachschmidt, owner of road builder D.A.B. Constructors Inc., $2,000; Tom Davis, retired Crystal River Airport operator, $500; Steve Lamb, auto dealer, $5,000; Gulf to Lake Associates, $1,000; Crump’s Landing, $5,000.

Largest single expense: $494 for software.

Of note: Kinnard is thus far unopposed and his spending reflects that.

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Candidate: Mark Hammer.

Office: County Commission District 3.

Total collected: $3,945.

Total spent: $2,192.

Total contributors: Seven.

Candidate’s contribution: $2,500.

$1,000 contributions: One.

Prominent donors: Don Poss Roofing, $1,000.

Largest single expense: $1,269 for campaign signs and promotional material.

Of note: Hammer is president of the Citrus County Building Alliance.

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Candidate: Angel Starr Lewis.

Office: County Commission District 3.

Total collected: $1,000.

Total spent: None.

Total contributors: One.

Candidate’s contribution: $1,000.

$1,000 contributions: None.

Prominent donors: None.

Largest single expense: None.

Of note: Literally the only activity so far on Lewis’s campaign account is the $1,000 she loaned the campaign in September.

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Candidate: Luis Marin.

Office: County Commission District 3.

Total collected: $11,100.

Total spent: $5,104.

Total contributors: 16.

Candidate’s contribution: $5,000.

$1,000 contributions: Four.

Prominent donors: Wood Family Furniture, $100.

Largest single expense: $1,560 for campaign signs.

Of note: Marin, a former Miami-Dade police officer, has contributions from current and retired law enforcement offices from South Florida.

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Candidate: Ruthie Davis Schlabach.

Office: County Commission District 3.

Total collected: $36,512.

Total spent: $4,460.

Total contributors: 49.

Candidate’s contribution: $20,000.

$1,000 contributions: 11.

Prominent donors: Steve Lamb, auto dealer, $4,000; Crump’s Landing, $5,000; Tom Davis, retired Crystal River Airport operator; Mari-Elain Ebitz, wife of Chronicle Editorial Board member Curt Ebitz, $200.

Largest single expense: $325 to the Citrus County Veterans Coalition sponsor donation.

Of note: Schlabach has donated more personal funds for her campaign than any other candidate for local office.

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Candidate: Jimmie T. Smith.

Office: County Commission District 5.

Total collected: $19,660.

Total spent: $6,646.

Total contributors: 67.

Candidate’s contribution: $100.

$1,000 contributions: 14.

Prominent donors: William Bachschmidt, owner of D.A.B. Constructors, $5,000; Gregory Williams, Lakeside Ranches owner, $2,050; Beverly Hills Development Corp., $2,000; Clark Stillwell, attorney, $250; Linda Bega, Inverness councilwoman, $100; Crystal Auto Group, $3,000.

Largest single expense: $2,124 to Blue Gill’s Bait Shop & Eatery for a campaign event.

Of note: Smith’s campaign manager is Nicholas Lahera, a 2018 Lecanto High School graduate who served as a messenger for Smith when he was in the state Legislature. Lahera had Smith’s backing when he ran for school board in 2018, finishing third in a four-candidate race. So far, Smith has paid him $1,500 for campaign management.

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Candidate: Ginger Bryant.

Office: School Board District 2.

Total collected: $600.

Total spent: $495.

Candidate: Mark Garlock.

Office: School Board District 2.

Total collected: $250.

Total spent: None.

Candidate: Sandy Counts.

Office: School Board District 4.

Total collected: $250.

Total spent: $184.

Of note: We combined these three because of the small amount each has collected and spent. All three provided all or most of the money collected in their accounts. Also, Counts thus far is unopposed.


Candidate: Janice Warren.

Office: Tax Collector.

Total collected: $10,000.

Total spent: None.

Of note: Warren, who so far is unopposed, provided all the funding for her campaign.

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or mwright@chronicleonline.com.