Rice outraising Flowers; Gregoire and Dubov close
Darden Rice is well ahead of Rene Flowers in the money race when it comes to the Pinellas County Commission District 3 Democratic primary, according to campaign finance reports due today. Rice took in $22,908 in the recent quarter, bringing her total to $30,008. Rice has given herself some heftly loans, however, including one for $5,000. Flowers took in $9,003 in the quarter. Her total contributions stand at $11,089.
In the race for Pinellas County Property Appraiser, Republican Frank Gregoire had a solid quarter, taking in $25,736, bringing his fundraising total to $44,506. His primary opponent Pam Dubov, who has thrown slightly less of her own money into the race than Gregoire, took in $9,247 in the quarter, bringing her total to $42,882.
In the Sheriff's Office race, Democrats Randall Jones and John Pikramenos are about even, with $18,420 and $18,709, respectively, in total contributions. But both are well behind Republican incumbent Jim Coats, who boasts $131,151 in the bank.
In the Pinellas County Commission District 1 Republican primary, School Board member Jane Gallucci took in $32,140 in the quarter, bringing her total to $37,140. Her opponent Neil Brickfield's report was not available from elections officials today. Election officials said he had decided to mail his in, which candidates may do so long as the material is postmarked by the filing deadline.
UPDATE: This evening, less than 15 minutes after Bay Buzz posted the previous paragraph, Brickfield called to share the numbers he will report. He said he started the quarter with $275 and will report raising $39,671, bringing his total for the campaign to $39,946.
Will Van Sant, Times staff writer