Bill Young posts big numbers, fundraising and spending, for HD 68 home stretch

in Uncategorized by

In the final reporting period before Tuesday’s General Election, GOP hopeful Bill Young II posts a huge last-minute push – in both fundraising and expenditures — in the effort to unseat incumbent Democrat Rep. Dwight Dudley in House District 68.

The two candidates are entering the home stretch separated by just over $1,200 in fundraising.

Young, son of the late Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, added $62,885 in contributions from Oct. 18-30, as well as nearly $30K of in-kind support from the Republican Party of Florida. He ends the campaign at $245,569.

HD 68 voters can expect to see tons of Young ads before Tuesday, after he spent a massive $106,861 in the reporting period, mostly for direct mail and media placement. His total price tag now stands at $224,313, as he finishes his first campaign with $21,256 cash on hand.

At the same time, Dudley recorded another $32,281, to finish just behind Young with $243,281. To date, the Democrat’s campaign cost $217,820, leaving him a war chest of only $25,461.

District 68 covers much of eastern Pinellas County, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg.

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.