State Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, and community activist Gregg Weiss began August with similar bank accounts — but from vastly different sources — in their 2018 race for the Palm Beach County commission District 2 seat.
Four-term state House member Berman has tapped Tallahassee connections and fellow politicians to raise $69,011 through July 31. Weiss collected only $11,970 from contributors — but has also chipped in $50,000 of his own money.
Weiss began August with about $61,000 in cash on hand while Berman had about $59,000.
Berman and Weiss are among five Democrats running for the heavily Democratic District 2 seat of term-limited Commissioner Paulette Burdick.
The three other Dems in the race — Alex Garcia, Sylvia Sharps and Emmanuel Morel — have raised less than $2,000 apiece from contributors. Garcia has also put $5,000 of his own money into his campaign.
Berman has received $1,000 from state Sen. Kevin Rader, D-Delray Beach, and $100 apiece from fellow Democratic Commissioners Dave Kerner and Mary Lou Berger. Former U.S. Rep. Ron Klein contributed $500 to Berman and Coastal Construction — the family business of former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy — chipped in $1,000. Former Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson‘s lobbying firm gave Berman’s campaign $1,000.
Former Palm Beach County Commissioner Jeff Koons, who used to represent District 2, gave $500 contributions last month to Berman and Weiss. School board member Erica Whitfield has also supported both Berman and Weiss, giving $50 contributions to each campaign.
Democrats have a 47-to-23 percent registration advantage in District 2. Democrat Burdick beat Republican Sherry Lee by 16 points in 2010, then went unchallenged in 2014.