Jackson is the big spender in Pinellas District 1 race
Jim Jackson, one of three challengers running against Janet Clark for the Pinellas County School Board, raised $82,777, according to the latest campaign finance reports. That's far and away more than anyone else in the race.
Elliott Stern raised $58,945, while Shelly Ladd-Gilbert brought in $24,630. And Clark pulled in just $4,661.
As we noted in a story over the weekend, the campaign styles and fundraising in the District 1 race vary widely. Jackson and Stern have been the most aggressive and poured the most money into the race. Ladd-Gilbert has gone more grassroots. And Clark has taken the same wait-and-see approach as in the last two elections.
One interesting thing to note about Jackson's latest campaign report: He's dumped more than $72,000 of his own money into the race. About $26,000 of that was just in the last campaign finance cycle.
Stern is the next closest, having put about $36,000 of his own money into the race.
And this is just the primary. If no one gets a majority of the vote Tuesday, then the top two vote getters will face each other in November. The annual salary for a school board seat is $40,457.