Jackson raises most money among Pinellas school board candidates
If campaign contributions show political muscle, Jim Jackson's flexing big time today.
Jackson, a retired professor and candidate in District 7, raised more money than any of the other seven candidates whose latest campaign finance reports have been turned in to the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections.
Jackson has raised $13,080 and loaned himself another $13,000, for a total of $26,080. For the latest reporting period, which covers April 1 to July 16, none of the other candidates - in any of the four races - are even close.
In District 7, retired district administrator Lew Williams raised $8,620 (including $1,300 from himself), while lawyer Keisha Bell raised $5,066 ($648 from herself.)
In District 2, math/science coach Fonda Huff raised $8,791 ($6,550 from herself), while retired principal Terry Krassner flushed out $7,870. Huff has raised a total of $11,991 to date, while Krassner, who brought in a boatload of money early, has netted $22,433.
In District 3, Greg Hunsinger loaned himself $2,166, and received zero from anybody else. His opponent, incumbent Peggy O'Shea, is the only candidate with an outstanding report. (A spokeswoman for the elections office said O'Shea indicated she would be putting her report in the mail by today's 5 p.m. deadline.)
In District 6, incumbent Linda Lerner raised $8,200 ($3,000 from herself), while challenger Brian Hawley loaned himself $2,000. Hawley had no other contributors.
For what it's worth, Jackson has also burned through more money than any other candidate - $23,613 - with a big chunk going for TV spots.
You can see the reports in detail (including individual contributors) at the supervisor of elections site. The next round of campaign finance reports are due Aug. 6.