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Democratic challengers for Pinellas Commission lag in fundraising



This year’s election for two seats on the Pinellas County Commission is proving to be another tough one for the Democratic challengers, at least when it comes to fundraising.

The latest campaign filings show that Janet Long, a former State Rep., and Charlie Justice, a former State Senator, are both trailing the Republican incumbents Neil Brickfield and Nancy Bostock in dollar amounts. And time is running out for them to make up the difference: mail ballots will be sent out to voters who requested them on Oct. 2.

As of Sept. 14, Long had raised nearly $74,000 since she entered the race in April. Brickfield, who began accepting campaign contributions more than a year ago, has pulled in about $102,000.

But on the other side of the ledger, the opponents look similar. Both campaigns have spent about $26,000.

Much of their money is going to direct mail — a tactic many candidates focus on now that mail ballots allow people to begin voting weeks before the actual election.

In the District 3 race, remarkable only for how low-key it has been, the candidates have raised far less, but there is still a gulf between the incumbent and challenger.

Bostock’s latest campaign filing has her with just over $50,000, of which she has spent about $17,000.

With $25,000 in his campaign coffers, Justice has raised about half of what Bostock has. And he has spent about half as much. 

[Last modified: Monday, September 24, 2012 5:24pm]


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