TThe race for Palm Beach County’s newly drawn home district 91 pits a Boca Raton city councilman against a Highland Beach city commissioner continues attracting big bucks with more than $440,000 poured into the campaigns.
Boca Raton City Council Andy Thompson, who is running as a Democrat, raised a total of $51,585 in April. In the meantime, Highland Beach Commissioner Peggy Gossett Seidmanwho is running as a Republican, added $95,050 in April, including a $90,000 loan she made for her campaign.
The borders of HD 91 were reshuffled in the ten-year redistribution process, so now the district includes Boca Raton, part of Highland Beach and part of West Boca. With no incumbent in the running, the seat is up for grabs.
Thomson’s April transport brings the total amount raised by Thomson to $210,000, including a $30,000 personal loan.
Citizens for law, order and ethics, a political committee, presented Thomson with its largest donation in April: $25,000. It is in addition to another $30,000 given to him through his committee by the same West Palm Beach committee, Running with Andy ThomsonMarch.
That being said, real estate interests represented the sector that contributed the most to donations in April: $7,220. Lawyers and law firms were the second largest donors, giving him a total of $5,600 in donations.
In April, the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association donated $1,000 to Thomson’s campaign; Alejandra Lippolis from Boca Raton and her husband, Wilhelm Lippolis, which is under construction; the law firm of Baritz & Colman in Boca Raton; CJM Communities, a general contractor for Boca Raton; Boca Raton attorney Arthur D’Almeida; Boca Raton’s Weliky Car Wash; Markus Carlew, a real estate agent from Boca Raton; Marshall Grant, a Boca Raton law firm; John Weel, a real estate agent from Boca Raton; Wexford Real Estate Investors of West Palm Beach; NADG Florida, a real estate company in West Palm Beach; Anuj Grover, a Boca Raton real estate investor; and Patricia Kilgallonan executive at a valve company in Deerfield Beach.
Gossett-Seidman added $95,050 to her campaign. Of that, $5,050 came from donors in April and she lent another $90,000 to her campaign. The April loan brings the total she has borrowed for her campaign to $200,000. Between donors and her own money, Gossett-Seidman added $232,000 for her bid.
The healthcare sector represented Gossett-Seidman’s largest donor group, accounting for $2,125 of their April collections.
$1,000 to donate Karen Goldstein, a retiree from Highland Beach; DR Albert Kohen from Delray Beach; and dr. Albert Kohen from Boca Raton.
Gossett-Seidman spent a total of $7,932 in April, with most of that — $5,021 — going to Simwins in Tampa for policy advice. She also spent nearly $2,300 to print using Boca Raton’s Mark Graphics. These expenses left her with a total of $221,931 in cash.
Another Republican Christina DuCasseraised $250 and spent $572 in April.
The campaigns faced a May 10 deadline to report all financial activity.