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BROOKSVILLE - The latest campaign reporting cycle came in this week and it shows Republican Laurie Pizzo outpacing everyone in all local races.

Pizzo, a Realtor with Keller Williams Tampa Properties, has raised $29,405 from three reporting periods, far outpacing her two opponents for the District 4 county commission race.

Republican Jeff Holcomb, also with three contribution cycles, has amassed $5,962 and Democrat Dan Oliver has $1,287.

The District 4 commission race is wide open because incumbent Republican Dave Russell has already said he will not seek re-election.

Pizzo said she is "overwhelmed and honored" by the community donations to her campaign making her tops in monetary contributions to date.

Meanwhile, Republican incumbent Wayne Dukes continued to lead the pack in his quest for re-election to the District 2 seat. Dukes has amassed $12,670 to date. His Democratic challenger, James "Jimmy" Lodato has $1,480 and Libertarian party candidate Charles McBrearty remained unchanged from the last reporting period with $200.

Elizabeth Narverud has $3,820 to date and leads the three-way race for the nonpartisan District 3 school board race. Incumbent Cynthia Moore has $600 and Robert Neuhausen $700.

In the state races:

Republican Blaise Ingoglia, with four filing periods under his belt, has $89,336 in monetary contributions and $4,943 in in-kind donations for the District 35 Florida House of Representatives campaign. Democrat David Welch, who filed in October, has $225 in his war chest along with $60 in in-kind contributions.

In the race for State Senator District 18, incumbent Republican Wilton Simpson has $284,371 in monetary contributions and $686 in in-kind donations. Simpson has no challengers.

State Representative District 34 incumbent Republican Jimmie T. Smith has amassed $24,450 in money and has no in-kind contributions. Smith also has no challengers.

Candidates are now required to file contribution and expenditure reports monthly instead of quarterly because of a House bill signed into law in May by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

As the primary election gets closer, candidates will have to turn in weekly reports.

Hernando County's Elections Supervisor Shirley Anderson said the benefit to the electorate with this more frequent filing period law is "quicker transparency."

"However, this puts additional responsibility on the candidate to get a monthly report in, as well as the (supervisor of elections), who has to make sure reports are filed on time," Anderson said. "If not, then candidates could be fined."

Anderson said her office is working with all candidates to make sure they comply with the new law.

Pizzo said she doesn't mind the new monthly reporting law.

"I feel it allows the public to stay engaged closer and, obviously, more often with the candidate and the process," Pizzo said. "This is a good thing."

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