The $388,499 that has so far flowed into the coffers of Boca Raton's nine candidates is not quite a record — but it is the most money raised for a city election since 2005, when Boca was last flush with cash.
Palm Beach County Mayor Steve Abrams set in 2005 is safe. He raised $154,471 in his contest for Boca mayor back then.
In 2005, six candidates collectively raised $462,928. That was also the same year a record was set for a City Council seat campaign — Peter Baronoff raised $128,165 in a successful bid for City Council Seat B.
This election, however, so far shows the greatest disparity in money raised among candidates. Haynie's six-figure amount is in stark contrast to the $525 that Rosetta V. Bailey has raised in her bid for Seat D on election day, March 11.
City Council members earn $7,200 a year and the mayor gets $9,000 a year. All five members of the council also get a car allowance of $5,400 a year, along with the city's contribution to the state pension system made on their behalf and health insurance.
"The numbers are amazing," said Boca resident Nancy Yager, a single mother who works for a nursing agency, of the amount raised.
To Haynie's six-figure war chest, her rival, Anthony Majhess, has amassed $63,109, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Scott Singer, who had been in a race for Seat A on the City Council, raised the third highest amount of money among the candidates — a total of nearly $55,000. But he found himself without an opponent when Craig Ehrnst decided to drop out of that race and filed instead to oppose incumbent Councilman Mike Mullaugh.
Glenn Gromann, who co-hosted a fundraiser for Haynie, said the totals would be more if Singer had stayed in the race.
"Scott is a very popular guy and has a lot of relationships — I expected him to raise over $100,000," Gromann said.
He said that Bob Weinroth, in the race for Seat D's one-year term, would be raising more money if his opponents were better-known.
He pointed out that more fundraising doesn't always lead to success on election day, which was borne out in 2012. City Council candidate Frank Chapman is the No. 2 fundraiser in Boca's history of City Council elections, raising $120,235 in 2012.
But he lost to Majhess, who raised half that amount.
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