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Rick Kriseman to host major St. Pete fundraiser this month for re-election bid

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is joining a significant group of Tampa Bay area supporters –  including some leaders in the Tampa Bay Rays organization – for a major fundraiser this month supporting his re-election campaign. The event is Monday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg. Suggested contribution is $250. According to the email invite, the host committee includes Rays owner Stu Sternberg and President Matthew Silverman, former Florida…

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Ben Diamond defeats JB Benshimen in HD 68 race

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Democrat Ben Diamond has defeated Republican JB Benshimen in the House District 68 race, 56 percent to 44 percent. “I’m so honored to have been chosen to represent our district in Tallahassee,” said Diamond. “I’m looking forward to working hard for the people of Pinellas County. I want to thank my family, friends, supporters, and volunteers for all their help in making this possible. I also want to congratulate JB Bensmihen on a well-run race.” Diamond is a first-time candidate who emerged as the…

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In HD 69, Kathleen Peters trouncing Jennifer Webb in fundraising

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State Rep. Kathleen Peters has raised about 2½ times more money to finance her campaign than her challenger, Jennifer Webb. According to the most recently filed financial reports, Peters raised $19,110 during the first seven days of October. That brings her overall total to about $319,760 in cash. She’s also received another $36,825 in in-kind donations. Among Peters’ donors during that seven days were the Republican Party of Florida, which gave her $5,750. Derby Lane of St. Petersburg donated $1,000. During that…

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Ben Diamond boasts of campaign endorsements in his HD 68 race

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There hasn’t been much attention paid to the House District 68 race in Pinellas County after the intense Democratic primary battle between Ben Diamond and Eric Lynn.  Diamond won rather decisively in that race, and he is now the favorite against Republican JB Benshimen in November. The Diamond campaign announced Tuesday the St. Petersburg attorney has received the backing of several progressive groups, such as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of Florida, West central Florida Labor Council (AFL-CIO), Planned Parenthood…

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Ben Diamond puts up first TV of general election campaign for HD 68

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Pinellas County House District 68 hopeful Ben Diamond is going up with his first television ad of the general election campaign. Diamond, 38, defeated Eric Lynn last month in one of the most competitive Democratic primary races in the Legislature this year, and is now facing home health care executive JB Benshimen in the Nov. 8 election. As FloridaPolitics reported Monday, Diamond is crushing Benshimen when it comes to fundraising. As of Sept. 16, Diamond has raised $292, 688, Benshimen $14,608. Now Diamond is spending some of that money on…

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HD 68 Republican JB Benshimen hits fundraising rut

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Joseph “JB” Bensmihen is used to having people underestimate him, so he says it’s not surprising if people want to go by metrics such as fundraising to surmise his fate in his House District 68 encounter with Democrat Ben Diamond.  With six weeks to go before the election in Pinellas County, the 47-year-old Benshimen, a home health care business executive who has lived in the district for less than a year, has raised only $14,608. Diamond, on the other hand,…

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Finance reports show Eric Lynn never transferred all of the money out of his congressional account

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Eric Lynn promised to transfer $500,000 from his congressional campaign into a political committee backing his state House run, but state and federal records show Lynn moved much less than that. Federal campaign finance records show Lynn had $273,481 in his federal campaign account as of June 30. The most recent reporting period ran from April 1 to June 30. Lynn announced in May he was ending his bid in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, opting instead to run for the…

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