"They’re trying to make this a campaign about us versus them. I’m not a part of us and I’m not a part of them. I’m Skip Overdier, running for city council."

Skip Overdier, candidate for Destin City Council, doesn’t want his name associated with those who have thrown big money into this year’s races for municipal office.

“I haven’t taken any money from Peter Bos or any of his companies or anyone associated with him,” he said.

That’s why Overdier didn’t like seeing his name appear in a paragraph in the Northwest Florida Daily News on Sunday which stated that Bos, a powerful Destin developer, had been quietly supporting him along with mayoral candidate Gary Jarvis and fellow council candidates Mark Robertson and Teresa Rose Hebert.

Overdier’s campaign may have benefited indirectly from the anti-incumbent rhetoric that money from Bos and a political action committee run by his chief operations officer have introduced into the council race, but, as he asserted, he has not taken direct contributions from Bos or his associates.

The Daily News’ inference that he had was incorrect.

“The whole thing is this,” he said. “They’re trying to make this a campaign about us versus them. I’m not a part of us and I’m not a part of them. I’m Skip Overdier, running for city council. I’m not trying to get Rodney’s seat and I’m not trying to get Prebble’s seat. I’m just trying to win a seat on the Destin City Council.”

Rodney Braden and Prebble Ramswell are the Destin council incumbents who have been on the receiving end of negative anti-incumbent campaigning largely funded not only by Bos and associates, but also by property management groups and Destin charter fishing interests.

Overdier has received significant contributions from property management groups, most notably 360 Blue LLC, owned by Jason and Jeremy Sprenkle.

“The people I’ve received donations from are all people I know," Overdier said. "They’re friends I know through various organizations and private people writing me checks. I have taken money from different property management groups. They are run by people I know through organizations like the Rotary. I know Jason (Sprenkle), who owns 360 Blue. He’s supporting me because he believes I will do a good job.”

Overdier received $1,000 from 360 Blue LLC, which has been active in the city campaign. The Sprenkles' business contributed $5,000 to Destin Conservatives, the PAC that has promoted an anti-incumbency campaign in the city's election.

Donations of $500 have gone from 360 Blue LLC to Hebert and Robertson this cycle, and Jarvis — the mayoral candidate running against incumbent Scott Fischer — received $1,000 from 360 Blue LLC.

Okaloosa Supervisor of Elections records indicate Overdier has been able to run his campaign not only without contributions from the development interests headed by Bos, but also without funds from organizations like David Bobo’s Crimson Management, which has been pumping dollars into the campaign accounts of the incumbents.

“I don’t have as much money as most candidates do. I’ve got fewer signs and no radio or TV ads,” Overdier said. “Mine has probably been one of the lower budgets for a campaign, but that’s OK, I’m not trying to buy a seat. I’ve been attending a lot of forums and knocking on doors. I think that’s more effective.”

The $4,870 Overdier has raised puts him close to the bottom among the seven candidates who have received campaign contributions.

Overdier said he has not looked at social media sites for two months. At least one site, the Destin Clothesline, has taken pains to paint him as being among those Bos is helping to get elected.

One post shows Overdier standing with the three other non-incumbent candidates seeking city seats and offers the caption “Peter Bos’ Candidates for Corruption.”

“I don’t want to see that negative stuff,” Overdier said, and advised anyone against putting “much stock” in all of the negativity.

“What they’re saying is not verified,” he said. “Those things being said have no basis in fact.”

Overdier said if one good thing comes out of all the controversy surrounding this year’s Destin election, it will be to get voters interested enough to get out between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday to cast ballots.

“I would like to see at least a decent turnout of voters,” he said. “Maybe with all this negativity we might get more people out.”

It will take a big Tuesday turnout to push voter numbers, percentage-wise, even into double digits. Only 980 voters have thus far cast early or mail-in ballots in municipal elections in Destin, Valparaiso, Mary Esther and Cinco Bayou combined.