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Barclay Harless still leading Brandi Gabbard in fundraising race

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Fundraising numbers are in for the month of May in the St. Petersburg City Council District 2 race between Barclay Harless and Brandi Gabbard. Harless had a better month of May, and has more cash on hand as the summer approaches. Barclay, a banker and former legislative aide to Darryl Rouson, raised $4,890 in May to Gabbard’s $1,670. Overall, Harless has raised more than $36,000 to date, Gabbard has raised more than $24,000. Harless has also spent more than Gabbard, but…

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Pinellas GOP heavyweights raising money for Rick Baker on Wednesday in Clearwater Beach

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Former Mayor Rick Baker continues building momentum in his quest to return for a third term as St. Petersburg Mayor. Coming off a successful campaign kickoff event last week, Baker, who served two terms from 2001-2010, is following with another high-profile reception Wednesday in Clearwater Beach. Co-chairs of the event – with the tagline “Proven Leadership” – include renowned attorney Brian Aungst Jr., former Pinellas GOP Chair Jay Beyrouti and restaurateur (and one-time “Mr. Clearwater”) Frank Chivas. According to the invite,…

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Ed Hooper to host major Tarpon Springs fundraiser Wednesday

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Ed Hooper, the former Republican State Representative and Clearwater City Commissioner, will be featured at a high-profile fundraiser Wednesday in his bid for Florida Senate. Hooper is seeking to succeed term-limited Jack Latvala in Senate District 16, which covers much of north Pinellas County. A reception will begin 5 PM at Mugs ‘N Jugs, 40737 U.S. Highway 19 N. in Tarpon Springs. Hosts of the event, which currently number about 70 influential Tampa Bay-area political leaders, include Brian Aungst Jr.,…

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Clearwater Chamber names Karen and Brian Aungst Sr. ‘Mr. and Mrs. Clearwater’

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Karen and Brian Aungst Sr. were named the 2017 “Mr. and Mrs. Clearwater” by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. During the 95th annual Chamber meeting last week, Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel was named AchieveHERs Woman of the Year. At the banquet — themed “Imagine Clearwater” — the Chamber announced its 2017 Business of the Year winners. The theme served as not only an ode to the city’s bluff development, plan but also a celebration of the assets that Chamber officials say make…

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Jay Polgaze spends $10,000 more than his opponent in less than two weeks

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Clearwater City Council member Jay Polgaze continues to trounce his opponent in his re-election bid. Polgaze has brought in more than $22,000 in campaign contributions as of February 12th. His challenger, Robert Cundiff, has raised just $4,329 and much of that has come from self-loans. Polgaze raised $6,300 from February 1st through February 12th. He raked in several high-dollar contributions including $500 from Clearwater Chamber of Commerce head Brian Aungst Jr. and $500 from his dad, former Clearwater Mayor Brian…

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