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Rich pol, poor pol: St. Petersburg candidates represent diverse economic backgrounds

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayoral hopeful Scott Wagman has the means to outspend all of his opponents if he winds up tapping his personal accounts to boost his campaign chest, according to state financial disclosure forms. (STORY HERE)

Wagman, a real estate investor, is the wealthiest mayoral candidate, with a net worth of $4.7 million. The next wealthiest is political activist Ed Helm, with a net worth of $1.5 million. Helm recently filed an undue burden form to get out of paying the state's roughly $1,600 qualifying fee. He has been out of the country and could not be reached for comment.

The least affluent candidate is premed student Richard Eldridge, with a negative net worth of $16,405.

Restaurant owner John Warren did not submit the proper forms, according to the state Commission on Ethics. However, he submitted an affidavit to City Hall that claimed he did file the form.

City Clerk Eva Andujar said she would contact Warren about the error.

Below is each candidate's net worth, according to financial disclosure forms. Read more in Wednesday's St. Petersburg Times.

Mayoral candidates:

Corporate executive Deveron Gibbons is worth $301,083.

Real estate investor Scott Wagman is worth $4.7 million.

Lawyer Kathleen Ford is worth $1.4 million.

Student Richard Eldridge is worth negative $16,405.

Homeless advocate Paul Congemi is worth $1,000. He claimed he could not pay a roughly $1,600 state election fee because it was an undue burden.

Business owner Larry Williams is worth $1.4 million.

City Council member Jamie Bennett is worth $135,000.

Political activist Ed Helm is worth $1.5 million. Helm claimed he could not pay a roughly $1,600 state election fee because it was an undue burden.

Lawyer Bill Foster is worth $450,000.

Restaurant owner John Warren did not submit the proper financial forms, according to the state Commission on Ethics.

City Council candidates:

District 2

City Council member James Kennedy is worth $1.8 million.

Retired police chief Stephen Corsetti is worth $613,575.

District 4

City Council member Leslie Curran left her net worth blank.

Educator Pamella Settlegoode is worth $853,222. Settlegoode claimed she could not pay a roughly $400 state election fee because it was an undue burden. She said she refused to pay the fee because it amounted to a poll tax and she considered it unconstitutional.

Printer Jason Diviki is worth $179,100.

District 5

Social worker Steve Kornell is worth $75,296.

Pinellas County Housing Authority Commissioner Angela Rouson is worth $20,000.

Retired police Officer Joe Smith is worth $547,000. He claimed he could not pay a roughly $400 state election fee because it was an undue burden.

District 6

Student Derrick Frohne has a negative net worth of $33,425. He claimed he could not pay a roughly $400 state election fee because it was an undue burden.

Former city employee Vel Thompson is worth $327,624. She claimed she could not pay a roughly $400 state election fee because it was an undue burden.

City Council member Karl Nurse is worth $4.1 million.

District 8

City Council member Jeff Danner is worth $150,000.

Engineering consultant Leonard Schmiege has a negative net worth of $98,800.

Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:58am]

    

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