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$25 Difference In Carson Vs. Gracy Money Race

Dunedin Commission Seat 3 candidates David Carson and Heather Gracy are neck and neck in the campaign money race. Who's donating to who? Find out here.

With Dunedin's city elections just two weeks away, political opponents Commissioner David Carson and Heather Gracy are neck and neck in the money race.

Gracy is $25 ahead of Carson in campaign fundraising. She has raised $21,345, with notable support coming from past and current Dunedin Fine Art Center board members. Carson has raised $21,320, with $10,000 of the reported funds coming from a loan to himself.

Gracy is outspending Carson by a wide margin with $12,360 toward mailers, campaign swag, parties and marketing, nearly two-thirds more than Carson's $4,570.

Carson and Gracy are vying for City of Dunedin's Commission Seat 3 on Nov. 6. 

Follow the links to see a breakdown of some of the candidates' contributions:

-Ed Harris- October 24, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I am very glad to see the money race so tight, it basically proves the candidates are even in resources so neither is a underdog or a favored front runner and both have what it takes to move their campaigns along. While money isn't everything it is a indicator of a healthy race. Regardless of who wins no one loses because the field was level.
Happier October 24, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Practically all of Gracy's money came from people associated with the Art's Center. i.e. special interest. They want her to win so she can vote to give them one million dollars of the taxpayer's money over the next two years. Carson does not believe this is wise in such a weak economy, which is why he has my vote.
Judy Frankburg October 24, 2012 at 07:05 PM
The art center did not endorse anyone, the chamber did! Facts are always the undoing of people like you.
Cecilia October 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM
It does appear they (fine arts) have built a little local super pac in support of Ms Gracy.
waltallen October 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM
The remark about 1 $miilion going to the Center is I assume just a sarcastic one , not a real number, not to mention an ad hominem attack on Gracy, but if I had to choose , as a taxpayer I'd rather 1$ million go to the Art Center than the $500,000 ,like Carson supports, for a new government center so that the commissioners and bureaucrats can have beautiful new offices, which does very little for me. (the $500K an actual budget number not a sarcastic one)
Sean Sorbie October 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Carson is running the best race here. He picked a real issue (drainage) and ran on it. Gracy is all theory and fluff. She is too idealistic for local politics. You have to propose something tangible at this level. Carson wins, hands down.
Happier October 25, 2012 at 04:17 PM
They endorsed her with campaign contributions. Facts are always alluding people like you.
Happier October 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM
The one million dollars is 500k each year for two years. Which is 1 million. Simple math is not sarcasm.
waltallen October 25, 2012 at 05:19 PM
yeah I can do simple math - the implied question was whether or not that was an actual budget number proposed- either way it doesnt matter- my comment still stands - better the money spent on the Arts than the bureaucrats. And who are all you anonymous Carson supporters anyway ?
waltallen October 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Nonsense- he didn't mention drainage as his grand vision until this week and he hasn't won anything. As a pragmatic conservative who also cares about our environment, both natural and manmade, I like Gracy's blend of viewpoints - she appreciates and values practical issues like fiscal responsibility , public safety , good infrastructure etc but unlike Carson she also appreciates the things that make Dunedin special - like our park system, beaches, and our village character- things that many people have told other commissioners in workshops were vitally important to them- that 'sense of place' that you dismiss as theory and fluff - a lot of other voters don't. Carson is only pragmatic and doesn't show any concern other than the bottom line. And in my humble opinion what he, more than anyone, has allowed to happen on our waterfront is a disgrace. Even as a conservative, I could never vote for him.
Sean Sorbie October 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM
That's just my analysis Walt.
-Ed Harris- October 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Funny thing here is all the money "in question" never leaves the treasure chest of the city! The Building is owned by the city, any improvements and/or upgrades/additions all belong to the city once completed. The city CANNOT get this grant alone! Yet the city and it's citizens and business all benefit from using it. So a vote or opinion to not get the grant is like shooting yourself in the foot and then stomping on your own foot. Someone somewhere in some city will use this money if we don't, sending the offer back or refusing to use will NOT stop it from happening in another place. I can fix just about any plumbing problem you may have but one thing I can't fix is STUPID! But Hey! What do I know, I'm just a plumber.
-Ed Harris- October 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Mrs Kiplinger, while I agree with your sentiment towards the South side of Dunedin the money in question is not that kind of money. It is matching funds that in the end will net the City a gain of investment of over a million dollars. Without the match the city gains nothing. The question should be posed that why, in the past have commissioners voted against funds that would have bolstered, improved and helped the South Side when it too was readily there for the taking. Also why has the Commission not done everything within their power to seek out ways to do this. People have grown tired of waiting on these answers and now have decided to vote. People are also tired of various organizations being used as scapegoats for the failings of poor performance while in office. Smoke always clears! Clara, you will get your help soon enough. Hang in there.
joe liechty November 06, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Happier, you are soooo right!

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