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Brian Willis continues to lead in fundraising in the Hillsborough County Commission Dem 6 race

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A fundraiser held at South Tampa’s Copperfish restaurant late last month brought in a considerable number of checks to aspiring Hillsborough County Commission District 6 Democrat Pat Kemp.

In financial reports listed on the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website on Tuesday, Kemp brought in $7,135 for October, her best month of fundraising since June, when she took in $38,990, though $25,000 came from herself in that month. She’s raised a total of $56,240 in her campaign.

Kemp is competing against lawyer Brian Willis and former Commissioner and Tampa City Councilman Tom Scott in the race to become the Democratic nominee in the race next August, with the winner to take on the Republican nominee next November.

Willis brought in $2,225 in October. His fundraising numbers have tallied off after a spectacular start last spring, when the 32-year-old took in over $43,000 in April, his first month as an official candidate. Since raising over $8,000 in May, Willis’ numbers have been more modest, but he continues to lead all Democrats in fundraising in District 6, bringing in a total of $66,502.

Scott brought in $4,925 in October. He announced his candidacy later than his two fellow Democrats, entering into the race in June. He’s raised a total of $21,086.

The two Republicans in the race, Jim Norman and Tim Schock, had not submitted their financial reports for October as of noon Tuesday. Norman had a spectacular September of fundraising after getting into the race at the beginning of that month, after months of speculation that he would attempt a comeback into local politics. Norman took in over $83,000 in September. Impressive, but shy of the $100,000 that his supporters were touting what he’d bring as a show of strength.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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