Chad Chronister raises another $31K for Hillsborough Sheriff race - Florida Politics

Chad Chronister raises another $31K for Hillsborough Sheriff race

interim Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister

Sitting Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister brought in $31,445 last month for his campaign to win a full term in the job.

Chronister brought in the money across 123 contributions, including 18 checks for $1,000.

Among the top donors for the month were Tampa Honda, Netterfield’s Popcorn and Lemonade, The Leytham Group, Parks Advocacy Group, Four M Auto Sales & Leasing and Yellow Cab of Tampa.

The Chronister campaign also spent $17,314 in February, with the biggest expenditure weighing in at $3,371 for campaign shirts. The shirts were part of $7,700 in payments to Strategic Image Management, which also provided website hosting, consulting services and office supplies.

Also on the ledger was a $3,210 payment to World of Beer for catering, and $2,152 to EventLive for event management. Campaign staff made up the bulk of the rest of February’s outflow.

In all, Chronister finished the month with nearly $535,000 on hand in his campaign account. Since filing in October, he’s raised a total of $591,188.

Chronister, a Republican, has been with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office since 1992 and was a colonel before the retirement of longtime lawman David Gee in 2017, which landed him the job as interim sheriff. He filed for election a day after he was sworn in.

He is running against Democrat Gary Allen Pruitt and no-party candidate Juan Rivera, neither of whom have made put up much of a fight on the fundraising trail.

Pruitt, a retired Tampa Police Department corporal, raised $0 last month and has shown only a single self-contribution of $200 since filing in November. He has about $25 in his campaign account.

Rivera, a retired CIA officer, added no money in February, but has raised $722 since filing and has $120 on hand.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and 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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