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Campaign treasurer's reports trickle in



ST. PETERSBURG-- Will corporate excutive Deveron Gibbons maintain his fundraising lead in the mayoral race?  Will business owner Scott Wagman break out of second place?

Today's the day to find out.

Third quarter campaign treasurer’s reports are due today. At 24 days, it was the shortest fundraising period so far.

Only a handful of candidates had turned reports as of Friday morning.

In the mayoral race, homeless advocate Paul Congemi filed a waiver stating he did not collect any money, as per his campaign pledge to not spend his time fundraising.

In the City Council races, former police chief Stephen Corsetti raised $90 and spent $42.15, leaving $702.55 in his campaign chest, in the District 2 election.

Challenger City Council member Jim Kennedy did not turn in his report.

In the District 4 race, none of the candidates have turned in their reports. They are City Council member Leslie Curran, educator Pamella Settlegoode and printer Jason Diviki.

In District 5, social worker Steve Kornell raised $1,730 and spent $10,514.51, including more than $7,000 on a television advertisement and campaign literature. That leaves less than $4,000 in his war chest.

Retired police officer Joe Smith raised $1,455 and spent $2,753.89.

Angela Rouson, a Pinellas County Housing Authority commissioner, did not submit a report.

In District 6, City Council member Karl Nurse raised $2,585 and spent $4,251.28, leaving roughly $2,000 in his campaign kitty. He picked up $100 from Largo Mayor Pat Gerald, $50 from Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, $200 from Sembler chairman Craig Sher and $100 from Pinellas Stonewall Democrats founder Richard Boylan. Most of his money went toward paying staff.

Rivals Vel Thompson, a former city employee, and student Derrick Frohne have not turned in their reports.

In the District 8 race, City Council member Jeff Danner has not filed. Neither has rival Leonard Schmiege, an engineering consultant.

Side note: Most candidates tend to wait until late Friday afternoon to turn in their reports, as if to keep the public records secret until last minute. This bugs City Clerk Eva Andujar, who gets stuck with all the last minute work. Let's see who does this to Andujar today.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:01pm]


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