Top winners in Pinellas fundraising: Rice, Gualtieri, Frishe
The Pinellas County sheriff's race continues to be where the competition is the highest, with former Sheriff Everett Rice and current chief deputy Bob Gualtieri neck and neck in fundraising.
But there's a few other campaigns of note with Monday's deadline to report contributions and expenses in the second quarter of 2011.
Sheriff: Rice raised $71,520 to Gualtieri's $70,460 for the Republican primary. Nobody else got above $10,150 (Republican Tim Ingold wasn't active and didn't have to file a report for the period).
Florida Senate: State Rep. Jim Frishe, R-St. Petersburg, raised $37,040 and brought his fundraising to more than $54,000. Rival Leslie Waters, a Republican former House member from Seminole, raised $9,182 and brought her total to $10,182. The race is for term-limited Sen. Dennis Jones' seat, though redistricting is expected to bring other hopefuls from both parties once the boundaries are drawn next year.
Florida House: State Rep. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, raised $5,000 to bring overall fundraising to $27,250. He faces St. Peterburg executive Bill Nobles, who raised $1,175 in his first quarter but already has submitted enough petitions to make the ballot. House District 52 is considered a swing district, and Democrat Party officials appear to be working with Nobles early.