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Fundraising numbers put Amy Foster ahead in St. Pete Council race

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July

Candidates in the mayoral and City Council elections must file their second quarter financial reports today by 5 p.m., but several already have.

In the District 8 race, which includes the neighborhoods of Disston Heights, Kenwood, North Kenwood, and Central Oak Park, candidate Amy Foster, 35, is far ahead of her competitors when it comes to fundraising.

Foster’s campaign manager Steve Lapinski reported that as of the end of June, she has raised $19,360 and loaned her campaign $4,400 for a total of $23,760.

Of that, she’s spent $5,680, much of it on the purple campaign signs that made an early appearance in the district, mailers, and t-shirts.

Steve Galvin, 55, a sound engineer, ended the second quarter with a total of $14,580, most of which is his own money. Since early May, he’s loaned his campaign $12,000 and brought in checks from 18 contributors, some of who are family members.

The gulf between Foster and Galvin, both of whom are newcomers to the city’s political scene, and have been the most visible candidates in this race, is one early indication that the coming months will be a struggle for Galvin as he tries to make himself known. Endorsements have also favored Foster, who entered the race with the backing of District 8's term-limited Councilman Jeff Danner, and recently won the support of the city’s firefighters union and Suncoast Police Benevolent Association.

St. Petersburg assistant librarian, Robert Davis, 53, who is also running for the District 8 seat, has raised $2,271. He loaned his campaign $1,200. Alex Duensing, 39, has yet to file an expense report.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:11pm]

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