By Chistopher Curry
A trio of candidates for local legislative districts had sizeable fundraising hauls in the first few months of their campaigns.
The first three months of 2012 marked the initial campaign finance reporting period for Florida House District 21 candidate Aaron Bosshardt and Florida Senate District 7 candidates Brian Scarborough and Rob Bradley.
During that span, each campaign brought in at least $54,000.
Bosshardt, an Alachua County Democrat, raised $54,845 in 226 contributions.
Of the 98 Democratic candidates who have filed to run for the Republican- dominated Florida House in 2012, that represented the third largest fundraising quarter of the election cycle -- behind only Orlando-area Democrat Joe Saunders and Broward County Democrat Jared Moskowitz.
Bosshardt, the president of Bosshardt Property Management and the chief operating officer of Bosshardt Realty Services, is in his first campaign for elected office.
To date, state Rep. Keith Perry R-Gainesville, has raised $88,578 in his bid for the newly redrawn District 21. Perry had contemplated a bid for Senate District 7 but will remain in the House race, said Dave Wolfson, a political consultant working on the campaign.
During the last quarter, which included the legislative session when incumbents may not raise funds -- Perry's campaign received $26,250 in contributions. In the quarter prior to that, his campaign raised nearly $57,000.
The owner of Perry Roofing, Perry was first elected in 2010 to the old District 22.
Gainesville attorney Andrew Morey, a Democrat, also filed to run for House District 21 in March. To date, Morey's campaign has $100 -- a contribution he made to his own campaign.
Following redistricting, the newly drawn District 21 includes most of western Alachua County and all of Dixie and Gilchrist counties.
While the Florida Supreme Court must still decide the constitutionality of the newly drawn Florida Senate maps, District 7 currently includes all of Alachua, Bradford and Clay counties.
After signing up to run for the Florida Senate in late January, Bradley, a Clay County Republican, has raised $68,401 in 214 contributions.
A former Clay County commissioner, Bradley is a managing partner in the Orange Park law firm of Kopelousos and Bradley.
Scarborough, an Alachua County Democrat, signed up to run in late February. His campaign then received 224 contributions totaling $55,265 in a little more than a month.
Scarborough, the co-owner of Scarborough Insurance, is in his first campaign for elected office.
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