With less than a month to go before the Aug. 30 primary, Mike Twitty continues to swamp Jim Frishe in the fundraising race.
Twitty, who’s running his first campaign, has raised about 2 ½ times more than political veteran Frishe, a former state representative. The two Republicans are vying to be the next Pinellas County property appraiser. Incumbent Pam Dubov is not running for reelection.
Twitty raised $370 in the six-days between July 23 and 29, the most recent reporting period. That brings his campaign total to about $141,341. Frishe, a former state representative, raised only $75 during that same period. His overall fundraising total is about $57,413.
Twitty’s lead in fundraising also gives him an advantage when it comes to campaign spending. He and Frishe have each spent a large chunk of their monies. Twitty has spent about $130,384 to Frishe’s $31,328.
Twitty and Frishe will face off in the Aug. 30 primary. The winner will go on to face write-in candidate write-in candidate Joseph John Catalano in the Nov. 8 general election.
In the other contested race among Pinellas’ constitutional officers, Republican incumbent Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has raised almost 18 times as much as James McLynas. McLynas has no party affiliation. Write-in candidate Greg Pound has raised no money.
Gualtieri raised that money before July 8. He has raised no money since then. McLynas showed no fundraising for the period from July 23 to July 29.
There is no primary in the Pinellas sheriff’s race. The three will face each other in the Nov. 8 general election.