First fundraising report of the general election due today
ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayoral hopeful Bill Foster raised more than three times as much as rival Kathleen Ford during the first fundraising period of the general election, according to campaign reports.
Foster, 46, raised $26,835 in the two weeks following the primary election, including $500 each from Mayor Rick Baker and his wife, Joyce. Foster, who is endorsed by the city’s two police unions, also picked up $3,500 from various law enforcement agencies.
“Getting the message out is the most important emphasis,” said Foster, a lawyer. “Certainly finances help you do that, but you don’t buy City Hall, you earn it.”
Ford, 52, raised $8,055 in monetary donations.
In the District 2 race, former police Chief Stephen Corsetti collected $150. City Council member Jim Kennedy earned $1,350.
In the District 4 race, City Council member Leslie Curran raised $335. Educator Pamella Settlegoode collected $50.
In the District 5 race, Angela Rouson raised $5,050. Social worker Steve Kornell did not turn in his report to City Hall. He can still mail it in postmarked by today to meet the state deadline.
In the District 6 race, City Council member Karl Nurse raised $2,225, Student Vel Thompson did not turn in her report to City Hall by 5 p.m. Friday.
In the District 8 race, City Council member Jeff Danner did not collect any cash. Consultant Leonard Schmiege did not submit a report to City Hall Friday.
Cristina Silva, Times staff writer