The battle between incumbent Pat Gerard and Brian Scott has smashed fundraising records and will determine the board’s partisan balance.

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The battle between incumbent Pat Gerard and Brian Scott has smashed fundraising records and will determine the board’s partisan balance.

Back in 2014, the race for the Pinellas County Commission’s countywide District 2 seat was a down-to-the-wire drama, featuring two candidates awash in campaign money and the partisan makeup of the board hanging in the balance.

Pat Gerard, then the mayor of Largo, won, securing the first Democratic majority on the County Commission in 50 years. Gerard and her Republican opponent, then-state Rep. Ed Hooper, had combined to raise more than $440,000 in campaign contributions, a figure that Gerard recalls marking a record for a Pinellas commission race.

Eight years later, Gerard is trying to hold onto her seat in a race with pronounced echoes of 2014. She and her challenger, Escot Bus Lines president Brian Scott, have smashed that fundraising record — by October, there was already more than $600,000 tied up in this race. Scott, who called this “an insane amount of money,” said he expected the figure to top $1 million by the time polls close.

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