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April Thanos grows fundraising gap over Dan Liedtke

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April Thanos is taking her bid for Gulfport City Council serious. The political newcomer loaned herself $3,000 in her bid to unseat incumbent Ward 1 councilman Dan Liedtke.

On top of that loan, Thanos brought in $2,746 in contributions from a combination of Pinellas County residents, Gulfport residents and out-of-towners. Her biggest contribution came from the Florida Voters Fund political committee. That committee is affiliated with the company managing Thanos’ campaign.

The Gulfport Democratic Club kicked in $300 and the Greater Pinellas Democratic Funds gave $100.

Meanwhile, Liedtke also loaned some cash to his campaign. He spent $490 of his own money on postage. Liedtke only brought in $750 in contributions this report. Those came from three Gulfport contributors – $500 from the Gulfport company Complex Properties and $150 and $100 respectively from Gulfport residents George Munson and Barbie Bauman.

Liedtke has raised just more than $3,100 to date compared to Thanos’s whopping-by-comparison $11,850. However, Liedtke has more cash on hand. He’s got a little more than $1,000 while Thanos has a little less than $1,000.

She spent more than $7,000 this report with most of that cash flooding out to Mad Dog Mail for mailers and palm cards. Another $325 went to the Gulfport Gabber for advertising.

The latest fundraising numbers cover February 1 though February 12. The two are in their final weeks of campaigning. Election Day is March 15, the same day as the Presidential Preference Primary. The race will appear on all voters’ ballots in Gulfport regardless of party affiliation and even though third party and no-party affiliation voters can’t vote in the presidential primary, those voters can cast a ballot in the municipal race.

Mayor Sam Henderson is also facing a challenger this election. He’s running against Gulfport business owner Barbara Banno.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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