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Harry Cohen is advancing to the general election for Hillsborough County Commission District 1.

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Harry Cohen continues growing fundraising lead in Hillsborough County Commission D1 race

Candidates are running to replace Sandra Murman.

Former Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen is the far-and-away leader in fundraising for the Hillsborough County Commission District 1 race.

Cohen has spent more on his campaign than any other candidate has raised.

As of June 26, Cohen had raised $126,718 and spent just over $49,000. He has more than $77,000 on hand for the race.

His opponent in the Democratic primary, Jen McDonald, is in second with $48,517 raised. Of that, she retains nearly $26,000 on hand.

Two Republicans are running in the GOP primary for the seat, which is opening because incumbent Sandy Murman is term-limited out of office.

Tony Morejon leads the GOP race with $44,255 raised as of June 26, the most recent date for which data is available. He has more than $24,000 left on hand after spending nearly $20,000 on the race so far.

Scott Levinson has raised just $12,753 and has less than $2,000 on hand.

Democrats are hoping to pick up the seat in November in a purple district that has been leaning more and more to the left in recent years.

Cohen is taping deep-pockets in his bid, bringing in three top dollar contributions from TECO, M1 Capital Investments and G1 Capital Investments in the latest report covering June 13-26. Three of the eight contributions he collected were for maximum amounts, $1,000.

McDonald had a slow month, bringing in just $175 in the latest period. She hasn’t reached $1,000 on a report since April when she raised about $1,600.

McDonald, a South Tampa business leader, had her best month in February, before coronavirus crippled traditional fundraising activity, with more than $14,000 raised.

Morejon raised $5,500 in the latest reporting period with 20 individual contributions averaging $275 each.

Levinson didn’t raise a dime during the latest reporting period.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at Janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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