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Scott Wagman lends his St. Petersburg mayoral campaign $40,000, raises $36,000

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayoral hopeful Scott Wagman poured $40,000 into his campaign in recent months and raised $36,000.

The amount is respectable, but it is less than the $54,000 Wagman, a real estate investor, earned in the last fundraising quarter.

His overall fundraising total is roughly $150,000.

Fundraising frontrunner Deveron Gibbons raised roughly $113,000 during the last period. He has not submitted his updated report, which is due Friday.

Wagman received $500 from insurance agency AGIS. Alma Ayala, senior vice president of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, gave $50. The Craig and Jane Sher Family Partnership gave $500. Former Deputy Mayor Michael Dove gave $100. State Rep. Bill Heller, D-St. Petersburg, gave $250. District 5 candidate Steve Kornell gave $20. Rep. Janet Long, D-Seminole, gave $250.

He spent $61,539, most of it on staffing and campaign services.

Other reports have also begun to trickle into City Hall.

Mayoral hopeful Richard Eldridge reported a $415 loan to his campaign, most of which he spent on the city's $250 qualifying fee.

City Council challengers were the only other candidates to file their reports so far.

In District 4, educator Pamella Settlegoode reported a $1,347 kitty. She gave her campaign roughly $170.

A Democrat facing Republican City Council member Leslie Curran, Settlegoode picked up some cash from local party leaders. Printer Jason Diviki is also running for the seat.

Mayoral hopeful Ed Helm donated $100 to Settlegoode's campaign. The Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee gave her $200 and committee chairman Ramsey McLauchlan gave $50. Steve Lapinsky, campaign manager for District 5 candidate Steve Kornell, gave $20.

Settlegoode spent $1,111, mostly on campaign literature.

In District 6, former city employee Vel Thompson raised $1,993 and spent $961, mostly to cover her campaign kickoff event. She loaned her campaign $860.

Thompson faces City Council member Karl Nurse and student Derrick Frohne. Nurse has not filed his report, but he said he raised roughly $15,000.

Those races will appear on the September ballot.

In District 2, retired police chief Stephen Corsetti collected $1,460 and spent $805, mostly on campaign signs and filing fees. His wife, Jean Corsetti, gave him $500. He loaned his campaign $500.

He faces City Council member Jim Kennedy in the November general election.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer


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


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