Amy Foster raises another $35,765 for District 8 bid

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If there is any prediction for last four weeks of the St. Petersburg City Council District 8 election it is this— the few voters that do not already know Amy Foster is in the race, they will very soon.

In recently released fundraising reports, Foster’s campaign made a significant media buy, spending over $10,000 — mainly for mailings and other media — for the two-week period September 14-27. This is under a third of the total of $27,600 spent so far.

In a relatively slow fundraising period, Foster, who is no relation to Mayor Bill (again, for the last remaining St. Pete voters who do not know that), added $1,600 to her campaign. Her campaign has now raised a total of $35,765 to date.

For this round, amongst the five contributions Foster received were two $500 checks — one from the SEIU Florida State Council and another from local composer Rand Snell.

In addition to her considerable media buy, Foster also received “field organizing” from Kofi Hunt, the well-regarded community organizer.

Foster’s rival, businessman Steve Galvin, raised $1,100 in the same reporting period, receiving two $500 checks—one from his wife, Pamela Cichon and another from his mother Alice.

Galvin’s only expense during the two weeks in September was $1,000 to Jeffrey Copeland, his new campaign consultant. Copeland previously worked on Mayor Foster’s 2009 campaign.


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 His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, 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 and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.