Amy Foster ends with $44K in St. Pete District 8 race

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Amy Foster passed the October 31 fundraising deadline on a high note, by adding $2,750 to her campaign for St. Petersburg City Council District 8. That brings her overall total to $44,429 for the entire campaign.

Among the bigger contributors to the leadership executive (who is no relation to Mayor Bill Foster) in the October 12-31 final reporting period were $500 checks for the Orlando-based Realtors PAC, Local 32 American Dream Fund out of New York City, St. Petersburg Firefighters Association and the West Central Florida Federation of Labor Political Committee.

Foster’s opponent, businessperson Steve Galvin, has a significantly weaker close to his campaign fundraising run, which in the end came mostly out of his own pocket.

Galvin collected a total of $400, for a total of $18,895 — including more than $15,000 from donations by the candidate’s wife and family, as well as loans Galvin made to himself.

One notable last-minute campaign donation to Galvin was a $125 check form David McKalip, the candidate who came in third place in the District 4 primary.

Foster also is ending the campaign with a surge of media and mailings, which took up most of the $6,543 she spent during the last 20 days of fundraising, with a total campaign expenditure of $39,919 and $5,510 cash-on-hand.

Galvin has spent $14,834 of his campaign, leaving him with over $5,500, conceivably to pay back himself back.

In the latest polling by StPetePolls, Foster maintains a comfortable lead with 42.1 percent, which is 16.2 points ahead of Galvin, who has 25.9 percent. Thirty-two percent remains undecided.

Early voters have leaned even further to Foster; with them, there is a 20-point lead over Galvin, 53.5 to 33.5 percent.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.