Commissioner Zalak leads District 4 in raising campaign funds


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Posted July 25, 2022 | By Jennifer Hunt Murty
Jennifer@ocalagazette.com

The latest financial campaign report shows County Commissioner Carl Zalak has raised the most funds in the Republican primary race for the District 4 seat, a whopping $141,000.

The amount easily outdistances opponents Keith Poole, a developer, who has received $60,870, as well as Rachel Sams, a former Ocala police officer and now a financial advisor, who has collected $38,855. Sams, however, holds second place in the number of donors. There are two write-in candidates for the Aug. 23 election, Brian Christian Donnelly and Seth Posner, who have received $100 or less.

Most of the donations to Zalak, who is seeking a fourth four-year term as commissioner, come from real estate developers and construction companies. The report shows 90% of Zalak’s campaign contributions were for $1,000, the maximum dollar contribution allowed for one person or entity. However, it is not uncommon for supporters to increase their contributions by making multiple maximum donations spread among individual family members or corporations.

The Gazette reviewed Zalak’s campaign financial records to determine who the highest dollar contributors were.

In a previous report, the Gazette reported campaign contributions totaling $5,000 from the Roberts family, the developers behind the World Equestrian Center (WEC), leading up to a development decision before the county commission. But a more detailed review of contributions reported to the supervisor of elections totals $7,000 from WEC-related companies.

However, the Roberts family of developers were not the most generous contributors to Zalak’s campaign. The Armstrong family of development companies contributed at least $8,000 through their various companies to Zalak’s campaign.

The Kearns family individually and through their development interests contributed at least $9,000 to Zalak. Bill Kearns has been actively developing industrial parks with the help of economic development agreements with the county and city of Ocala over the past 10 years.

The highest dollar contributor to Zalak’s campaign thus far, at least $11,000, are the Mendolas, the family behind Oxford Downs, a gambling establishment in south Marion County that was opened in 2014 and expanded despite local opposition under Zalak’s tenure.

To see the complete list of who contributed to Zalak’s campaign, see the list below:

         date Name address     state zip amount
2/10/2022 Cindy Kearns 12785 NE 72nd Blvd The Villages FL 32162 1000
2/10/2022 William Kearns 12785 NE 72nd Blvd The Villages FL 32162 1000
2/11/2022 Fresh on the Square LLC 2738 Brownwood BLVD The Villages FL 32163 1000
2/11/2022 Old Camp Road LLC 1045 Old Camp Road The Villages FL 32162 1000
2/11/2022 Hoist Management LLC 2718 Brownwood Blvd The Villages FL 32163 1000
2/11/2022 Belle Glade Restaurant Partner 446 Moyer Loop The Villages FL 32163 1000
2/11/2022 OB Hills LLC 1542 Water Tower Circle The Villages FL 32159 1000
2/11/2022 Bonifay Restaurant Partners LL 1033 Pinellas Place The Villages FL 32163 1000
2/11/2022 Evans Prairie Restaurant Partn 1825 Evans Prairie Trail The Villages FL 32163 1000
2/15/2022 Mary Jane Hunt Revocable Trust 4911 NW 90th Ave Ocala FL 34482 1000
2/15/2022 Bernard Little Jr 4911 nw 90th Ave Ocala FL 34482 1000
2/17/2022 MR3 LLC 4477 East County Rd 462 Wildwood FL 34785 1000
2/17/2022 MR4 LLC 4477 East County Rd 462 Wildwood FL 34785 1000
2/17/2022 HTM Developers LLC 2631 SE 58th Ave Ocala FL 34480 1000
2/17/2022 I & G Developers Group LLC 9925 SE 58th Ave Belleview FL 34420 1000
2/17/2022 Rainey Land Company 9925 SE 58th ave Belleview FL 34420 1000
2/17/2022 Cowboys Group LLC 9925 SE 58th Ave Belleview FL 34420 1000
2/17/2022 Matthew Fabian 4349 SE 20th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/17/2022 G2G Development LLC 4349 SE 20th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/17/2022 Jordan River Homes LLC  1720 SE 16th Ave bldg 200 Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/17/2022 Douglas P Cone Jr Revocable Tr 1551 NW 44th Ave Ocala FL 34482 1000
2/17/2022 Cone Distributing Inc 1551 NW 44th Ave Ocala FL 34482 1000
2/17/2022 Baseline Sand Mine 375 Emerald Rd Ocala FL 34472 1000
2/18/2022 D32 Builder LLC 7988 Via Dellagio Way Ste 206 Orlando FL 32819 1000
2/18/2022 D32 Invest 7988 Via Dellagio Way Suite 206 Orlando FL 32819 1000
2/18/2022 Eaton’s Beach Restaurant LLC 15790 SE 134th Ave Weirsdale FL 32195 1000
2/18/2022 TC Emerald LLC 1740 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala FL 34470 1000
2/18/2022 Triple Crown Realty of Ocala I 1740 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/18/2022 Salser Construction LLC 5025 NE 36th Ave Rd Ocala FL 34479 1000
2/18/2022 Triple Crown Homes Inc 1740 E Silver Spring Blvd Ocala FL 34470 1000
2/18/2022 A/P LLC 1740 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala FL 34470 1000
2/18/2022 Shores Sand Mine LLC 375 Emerald Road Ocala FL 34472 1000
2/18/2022 The 103 Inv LLC 1740 East Silver Springs Blvd Ocala FL 34470 1000
2/18/2022 The Summur LLC 1740 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala FL 34470 1000
2/21/2022 Harvey Vandeven 1240 SE 12th Ct Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/22/2022 Anthony  Mendola ***Protected Voter*** 1000
2/22/2022 Ken Ausley 707 SE 10th  Place Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/23/2022 Coyote Crossing Holdings LLC 5700 SW Hwy 484 Ocala FL 34473 1000
2/23/2022 Tillman & Associates Engineeri 1720 SE 16th Ave Bldg 100 Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/23/2022 Acme Fill LLC 5700 SW Highway 484 Ocala FL 34473 1000
2/24/2022 John Alvarez 3910 SW College Rd #200 Ocala FL 34474 1000
2/24/2022 John Alvarez Investment Group 3910 SW College Rd #200 Ocala FL 34474 1000
2/24/2022 Casa Holdings LLC 1415 SW 17th Street Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/24/2022 95th Street Holdings LLC 1415 SW 17th Street Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/24/2022 Alvarez Tuck Brokers of Florid PO Box 772169 Ocala FL 34477 1000
2/24/2022 Southeast Consultants LLC 8680 SW Hwy 200 Ocala FL 34481 1000
2/24/2022 J Alvarez LLC PO Box 772169 Ocala FL 34477 1000
2/24/2022 Expert American Waste Services 1415 SW 17th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/24/2022 Expert American Site Specialis 1415 SW 17th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/24/2022 Expert American Home Services 1415 SW 17th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/24/2022 Jonathan Tillman 12550 SE Sunset Harbor Rd Weirsdale FL 32195 1000
2/24/2022 A Plus Homes Inc 1415 SW 17th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/24/2022 Thouroghbred Homes Inc 8680 SW Highway 200 Ocala FL 34481 1000
2/24/2022 1415 Bothers Holdings LLC 1415 SW 17th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/24/2022 Freedom Commons Development LL 1415 SW 17th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/26/2022 Jacks Over Nines LLC 2225 SW 80th Street Ocala fL 34476 1000
2/26/2022 Rebecca  Mendola ***Protected Voter*** 1000
2/26/2022 Marion Gaming Management LLC 2225 SW 80th St Ocala FL 34476 1000
2/26/2022 Central Florida Gaming LLC 17996 S US Hwy 301 Summerfield FL 34491 1000
2/26/2022 South Marion Real Estate Holdi 2225 SW 80th St Ocala FL 34476 1000
2/26/2022 Bellwether Properties LLC 2225 SW 80th Street Ocala FL 34476 1000
2/28/2022 Marissa Mendola 3480 SE 1st Court Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/28/2022 Joshua Mendola 3480 SE 1st Court Ocala FL 34471 1000
2/28/2022 A J Mendola 5978 SE 22nd Ave Ocala FL 34480 1000
2/28/2022 Cardroom Support LLC 106 E College Ave Suite 810 Tallahassee FL 32301 1000
2/28/2022 Robyn Mendola 5978 SE 22nd Ave Ocala FL 34471 1000
3/1/2022 Glenn Counts 1840 SW 42nd Street Ocala FL 34471 1000
3/1/2022 Counts Construction Co Inc 3021 NW 21st Street Ocala FL 34475 1000
3/1/2022 Carol Giumarelli 5 Never Bend Dr Ocala FL 34482 1000
3/8/2022 James Gissy 9259 Point Cypress Drive Orlando FL 32836 1000
3/9/2022 Ocala Hourse Properties LLC 6998 N US Hwy 27 suite 114 Ocala FL 34482 1000
3/9/2022 Florida Thoroughbred Political 801 SW 60th Ave Ocala FL 34474 1000
3/10/2022 Frank Hennessey 12780 NW 35th Street Ocala FL 34482 1000
3/17/2022 Dinkins Construction LLC 2831 SE 17th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
3/22/2022 West Oak Developers II LLC 2201 NW 21st Street Ocala FL 34475 1000
3/24/2022 B Smith Enterprises LP 1000 South Ocean Blvd ph 701 Boca Raton FL 33432 1000
3/25/2022 B Smith Coconut LLC 1000 S Ocean Blvd Ph701 Boca Raton FL 33432 1000
3/25/2022 Barry Smith Rev Tr 1000 South Ocean Blvd Ph 701 Boca Raton FL 33432 1000
3/25/2022 West Oak Developers LLC 2201 NW 21st Street Ocala FL 34475 1000
3/28/2022 Friends Recycling LLC 2350 NW 27th Ave Ocala FL 34475 1000
3/30/2022 RThad Boyd III Living Trust 1720 SE 16th Ave Building #200 Ocala FL 34471 1000
4/1/2022 643 SW 15 St LLC PO Box 1063 Ocala FL 34478 1000
4/7/2022 Elizabeth Steiner ***Protected Voter*** 1000
4/15/2022 Combined Insurance services In 814 E Silver Springs Blvd Suite H Ocala FL 34470 1000
4/19/2022 United American Recycling Serv PO B 727 Ocala FL 34478 1000
4/19/2022 Florida Express Enviromental PO Box 5058 Ocala FL 34478 1000
4/19/2022 Paglia Properties & Investment PO Box 5058 Ocala FL 34478 1000
4/20/2022 Wast Connections 3 Waterway Square Place Suite 110 The Woodlands TX 77380 1000
4/20/2022 Richard Bianculli 3080 SW 53 street Ocala FL 34471 1000
4/20/2022 Michael Bianculli 5590 SW 28th Ave Ocala FL 34471 1000
4/21/2022 Marion 60 LLC 4349 SE 20th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
4/21/2022 Sunset Hills Development LLC 2631 SE 58th Ave Ocala FL 34480 1000
4/29/2022 Jeffrey McPherson 3352 Truluck Pl Oxford FL 34484 1000
4/29/2022 Guns N Gold 6209 SE Abshier Rd Belleview FL 34420 1000
4/29/2022 Kara Gooding 2245 11th Street Ocala FL 34471 1000
4/29/2022 JCH Consulting Group 426 SW 15th St Ocala FL 34471 1000
4/29/2022 Riti Investments LLC 1820 SE 18th Ave Suite Ocala FL 34471 1000
4/29/2022 Reliance Petroleum Holdings LL 1820 SE 18th Ave suite 4 Ocala FL 34471 1000
5/2/2022 Diamond Merchant Services LLC 1820 SE 18th Ave Suite 4 Ocala FL 34471 1000
5/2/2022 Shree Nathji of VRAJ LLC 1820 SE 18th Ave Suite 4 Ocala FL 34471 1000
5/2/2022 Waste Management Inc of Florid 2700 Wiles Rd Coconut Creek FL 33073 1000
5/2/2022 Golden Ocala Equestrian Land L 8300 NW 31st Lane Rd Ocala FL 34482 1000
5/2/2022 Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian 8300 NW 31st Lane Rd Ocala FL 34482 1000
5/2/2022 Royal Shell Real Estate Inc 7290 College Parkway Suite 400 Fort Meyers FL 33907 1000
5/2/2022 Royal Shell Vacation Inc 7290 College Parkway Suite 400 Fort Meyers FL 33907 1000
5/2/2022 Golden Ocala Real Estate Inc 4090 NW 84th Ct Ocala FL 34482 1000
5/2/2022 Assured Title Services LLC 7290 College Parkway Suite 400 Fort Meyers FL 33907 1000
5/2/2022 Equestian Luxury Homes LLC 7340 N US Hwy 27 Ocala FL 34482 1000
5/6/2022 Shaida  Saju ***Protected Voter*** 1000
5/11/2022 Thomas  Wilding PO Box 1402 Ocala FL 34478 1000
5/11/2022 Leopard Medical Transport LLC PO Box 3276 Ocala FL 34478 1000
5/26/2022 Stephen  Walker 5075 NE 60th Terr Silver Springs FL 34488 1000
5/26/2022 Anderson Columbia Co Inc 871 NW Guerdon Street Lake City FL 32056 1000
5/26/2022 Stone Property Holdings LLC 5170 NW 110th Ave Ocala FL 34482 1000
5/26/2022 C.W Roberts Contracting Inc 3372 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee FL 32308 1000
6/18/2022 Sun Kool Air ConditioningThe V PO Bo 3171 Ocala FL 34478 1000
6/18/2022 Sun Kool Air Conditioning Inc P O box 3171 Ocala FL 34478 1000
6/18/2022 Sun Kool Air Conditioning Serv PO Box 3171 Ocala FL 34478 1000
7/4/2022 Bernie Little LLC 5083 NW 90th Ave Ocala FL 34482 1000
7/7/2022 Brittani  Zacco 5300 SW 44th Street #108 ocala FL 34474 1000
7/7/2022 Mario  Zacco 4900 SW 46th Ct Apt 401 Ocala FL 34474 1000
7/7/2022 Stephanie  Zacco 4900 SW 46th Ct Apt 1501 Ocala FL 34474 1000
7/7/2022 Ocala Palms Utilities LLC PO Box 172358 Tampa FL 33672 1000
7/7/2022 Channel Logistics LLC 5970 NW 18th Pl Ocala FL 34482 1000
4/29/2022 Paul  Nevels ***Protected Voter*** 750
4/29/2022 Lisa  Nevels ***Protected Voter*** 750
2/11/2022 Boyd Real Estate LLC 1720 SE 16th Ave #200 Ocala FL 34471 500
2/16/2022 Thomas  Grabe 5362 NW 78th Court Ocala FL 34482 500
3/9/2022 Patriot Containers LLC PO Box 4368 Ocala FL 34478 500
3/9/2022 Flyway Access LLC PO Box 4368 Ocala FL 34478 500
3/30/2022 Rosalind  Nikkinen 1411 SE 49th Ave Ocala FL 34471 500
4/11/2022 Christopher  Wood 4539 NW 44th Ave Ocala FL 34482 500
4/21/2022 Deb Investments of Ocala LLC 2631 SE 58th Ave Ocala FL 34480 500
4/29/2022 Fabian Construction LLC 821 SE 16th Place Ocala FL 34471 500
4/29/2022 Charles  Bell ***Protected Voter*** 500
4/29/2022 Ocala Dev of Marion LLC PO Box 3988 Ocala FL 34478 500
3/12/2022 David  Ellsperman 2403 SE 19th Circle Ocala FL 34471 200
3/14/2022 Leo Smith Investigations Inc PO Box 831341 Ocala FL 34483 200
5/12/2022 Cecil  Bonner 9983 SW 63rd Loop Ocala FL 34481 100