Cole leads fundraising in Bradenton Beach commission race

Campaign Cole
Ralph Cole has raised the most money and spent the most money on his campaign so far. - Joe Hendricks | Sun

BRADENTON BEACH – Incumbent Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Ralph Cole is the leading campaign fundraiser in the four-person race for the two commission seats to be decided in the upcoming city elections.

According to his campaign treasurer’s reports, Cole raised $3,100 and spent $1,122 on his campaign as of Sept. 14. In addition to loaning his own campaign $1,100, Cole received $500 from Bridgewalk Partners LLC and $500 from the Silver Surf resort, which are both owned by Angela Rodocker. He also received $1,000 from the Local 2546 Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics labor union.

Campaign Martin
Former Scenic WAVES chair Tjet Martin seeks a City Commission seat. – Joe Hendricks | Sun

Cole paid Speed King in Palmetto $674 for yard signs and flyers and Steam Design Services in Holmes Beach $400 for campaign marketing services. He also paid the $48 qualifying fee.

As of Sept. 14, former Scenic WAVES Committee chair Tjet Martin raised $1,800, including $1,100 in loans to her own campaign.

Martin received $300 from former Bradenton Beach resident Mary Mapes, $100 each from Bradenton Beach residents Bill and Rose Vincent, $100 from James Srackangast, who lists a North Carolina address, $50 from Roger Fultz, who lists a Michigan address and $50 from former deputy clerk Tammy Johnson.

Campaign Maro
Commissioner Marilyn Maro seeks a second term in office. – Joe Hendricks | Sun

Martin paid Signs on the Cheap in Texas $200 and paid the $48 qualifying fee.

As of Sept. 14, Marilyn Maro, also an incumbent, raised $1,175, including $150 she loaned to her own campaign. Like Cole, Maro received $1,000 from the Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics. She also received $25 from Bradenton Beach resident Lynne Budzinski.

Maro’s only listed campaign expenditures were a $17 service fee for her campaign account, $16.50 for data obtained from the Manatee County Board of Commissioners and the $48 qualifying fee.

Campaign Metz
Former Planning and Zoning Board member John Metz now seeks a commission seat. – Joe Hendricks | Sun

Former Planning and Zoning Board member John Metz loaned his own campaign $140, received $100 from Rose Vincent and made a $377 in-kind contribution to himself for lawn signs.

As of Sept. 14, Metz spent $6 on bank statements and paid the $48 qualifying fee.

Vote by mail ballots will be mailed out the first week of October and the elections will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 6.