Mutz Zooms Ahead in Latest Campaign Finance Filings

With just over a week until Election Day, the latest Lakeland campaign finance reports show that Mayor Bill Mutz now has the largest campaign chest ($57,725) and largest donor base (202) among the six people running for city office.

His opponent, Saga Stevin, has raised $49,859 from 115 donors, according to campaign finance reports filed with the City Clerk’s Office. She leads the six candidates in the Nov. 2 election in the number of $1,000 donations — the largest amount allowed — with 22.

Another candidate who has attracted larger donors is Sara Roberts McCarley, running for re-election to the southwest seat on the City Commission. Among the six candidates for the three city seats being contested, has the highest average donation ($514.29) and by far the highest median ($500) from a base of 84 donors.

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At the other end, Shandale Terrell, who has looked for a broad number of smaller donors in his runs for office, has attracted 99 donations for his race for the southeast seat on the commission, with an average donation of $127.10 and a median of $50.

Mutz amped up his fund-raising this month, going from $17,125 at the end of September to $57,775 two weeks later. Much of it was raised via an Oct. 7 event that was set in motion by local investor Wesley Barnett and co-hosted by 48 prominent couples and individuals

Total collected and average donation for each candidate

Here is a race-by-race summary of candidate fund-raising activity through Oct. 15.:

Mayor

Bill Mutz, incumbent

  • Total: $57,775
  • Number of donations: 202
  • Average donation: $286.01
  • Median donation: $200
  • Candidate self-loan: $2,500
  • $1,000 donors: Elizabeth Taylor, Lori Gerard, Carol Barnett, Carolaire Inc., Hoyt Barnett, Kevin Knowlton, Mount Toll Investments LLC, Pablo Sologaistoa, RentLakeland, Shad Benson, Todd Baylis
  • Current and former elected officials donating: Gow Fields, former mayor; Jim Verplank, former city commissioner; Hollis Hooks, former School Board member; Brenda Reddout, former School Board member; William Allen, School Board member; Ann Furr, former city commissioner; Melony Bell, Florida House member; Don Selvage, former city commissioner; Billy Townsend, former School Board member,
  • Political organizations donating: Business Voice Lakeland ($500)
  • Proportion of donations from outside Polk County: 7.8%

Saga Stevin

  • Total: $49,859
  • Number of donations: 115
  • Average donation: $433.56
  • Median donation: $200
  • Candidate self-loan: $10,000
  • $1,000 donors: Betty Miller, Buddy & Carol Caswell, Candi Packett, Charles Masek, Erinaus LLC, Julie Fancelli, Louie Brasovan, Marjorie Masek, Philip Sebring, Richard A. Miller, Steven Smyers, Sherrin Smyers, Amy Laderer, Bret Quackenbush, Courtney Wade, Daniel Hanje, Davi Leoniff, Hetal Quackenbush, Marjorie Masek, Maura Galbraith, Nathan & Jessica Masek, Ross Galbraith
  • Current and former elected officials donating: Howard Wiggs, former mayor
  • Political organizations donating: Northeast Polk PAC ($250)
  • Proportion of donations from outside Polk County: 16.7%

City Commission, District C, Southwest

Allyson “Al” Lewis

  • Total: $11,440
  • Number of donations: 56
  • Average donation: $204.29
  • Median donation: $100
  • Candidate self-loans: $2,325
  • $1,000 donors: Chequeita Lewis, Cannon Funeral Home, Flame Monroe & Flamettes
  • Former and current elected officials: Robin Krivanek, former Hillsborough County supervisor of elections
  • Political organizations donating: Ruth’s List Florida ($500), Way to Lead Florida ($500), Democratic Women’s Club of Lakeland ($300), Democratic Women’s Club of Florida ($200)
  • Proportion of donations from outside Polk County: 33.9%

Sara Roberts McCarley, incumbent

  • Total: $43,200
  • Number of donations: 84
  • Average donation: $514.29
  • Median donation: $500
  • $1,000 donors: Jack Harrell Jr., Jack Harrell III, Justin Hollis, Hoyt Barnett, Carolaire Inc., M. Clayton Hollis, Carol Barnett, Paul M. McCarley III, Harriet Rust, Building On Your Dreams, Defending Conservatism and Democracy, Brian Philpot, Growing Florida’s Future, Sara Roberts McCarley, Courtney Whitis, Derek Whitis, Ronald Laface Jr., Thomas Griffin
  • Current and former elected officials donating: Seth McKeel, former Florida House member; Hollis Hooks, former School Board member; George Lindsey, Polk County commissioner, Don Selvage, former city commissioner
  • Other political organizations donating: Business Voice Inc. ($500)
  • Proportion of donations from outside Polk County: 9.3%

City Commission, District D, Southeast

Mike Musick, incumbent

  • Total: $22,080
  • Number of donations: 53
  • Average donation: $416.60
  • Median donation: $250
  • $1,000 donors: Brian Philpot, Carol Barnett, Carolaire Inc., Hoyt Barnett, Jack Harrell Jr., Dr. Andrew Agnini, Edward H. Laderer Jr., Realtors Political Action Committee Florida, Realtors Political Activity Committee Florida, Realtors Political Advocacy Committee, William Harrell
  • Current and former elected officials donating: Jim Verplank, former city commissioner
  • Other political organizations donating: Business Voice ($500)
  • Proportion of donations from outside Polk County: 11.4%

Shandale Terrell

  • Total: $12,583
  • Number of donations: 99
  • Average donation: $127.10
  • Median donation: $50
  • Candidate self-loan: $1,250
  • $1,000 donors: James Roche, Jan Barrow, Michael Maguire
  • Current and former elected officials donating: Kay Fields, School Board member; Gow Fields, former mayor
  • Proportion of donations from outside Polk County: 6.9%
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