Fundraising has been slow for the four candidates running for the two open seats on the Pinellas County School Board, according to the latest financial reports.
In the race for the District 1 seat, Matt Stewart is running slightly behind Joanne Lentino in overall fundraising, but he was ahead in bringing in money during the first seven days of October.
Overall, Lentino has $33,512. Of that, $1,675 came in early this month. Most — $1,000 — came from the Florida Education Association Advocacy Fund. The FEA is the statewide teachers union. She also received $100 from Susan Latvala, who formerly served on both the Pinellas School Board and County Commission.
Stewart has raised a total of $31,415, with $2,225 of that coming in the first part of this month. A little less than half came from a $1,000 donation from the Realtors Political Advocacy Committee. Stewart also received $150 from the South St. Pete Democratic Club.
Both Lentino and Stewart are first-time candidates. There is no incumbent in the race.
The District 1 race is run countywide. School board races are non-partisan.
In the race for the District 5 seat, incumbent Carol Cook is ahead overall. But challenger Eliseo Santana brought in a bit more money during the Oct. 1 through 7 time period.
Cook has raised about $24,976 in all, with $1,250 coming in during the first days of October.
Santana has raised a total of $23,746 with $1,615 coming in during early October. The majority of that — $1,000 — came from Florida Education Association, Advocacy Fund.
Cook has served on the School Board since 2000. Santana is making his first run for public office.
District 5 covers a section of mid-Pinellas. It is voted on by residents of that district.
The election is Nov. 8.