BROOKSVILLE - The election is still more than a year off but there is at least one candidate who has already out of the gate running.
Blaise Ingoglia, running for District 35 state representative, posted on Tuesday his first fundraising number since announcing his entry into the race in May.
Along with in-kind donations and a loan from the candidate, the total raised for the shortened second quarter came to $74,094. The campaign also raised more than $4,600 online.
Wednesday was the candidate filing deadline.
"We're just overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support by the number of individual donors and by the number of small businesses that have donated to the campaign," Ingoglia said. "The reaction has been pretty positive. We've been getting a lot of very good reaction from across the state for having a lot of the money come from within the district and nearby areas."
In 2009, Ingoglia became chairman of the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee and has made a name for himself locally because of his involvement in the party and his Government Gone Wild videos.
Ingoglia is the only candidate to file for the seat being vacated by Republican Robert Schenck, who is leaving due to term limits
The second quarter filing period covers April 1 through June 30. The Hernando County Supervisor of Elections reports the following contributions from other candidates:
.Wayne Dukes, Republican seeking re-election to county commissioner District 2, had a single donation, amounting to $500.
.Dan Oliver, Democrat running for District 4, amassed $830 in contributions
.Charles McBreaty, a Libertarian party candidate seeking county commission District 2, had a single donation totaling $150
.Elizabeth Narverud, running for school board District 3, reported a single contribution of $250.
To view the quarterly filing contributions and expenditures of each local candidate, visit the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Office at http://www.hernandovotes.com/?id=2