The tag-team match-up for the Pinellas County Commission – Republicans incumbents Neil Brickfield and Nancy Bostock vs. Democratic challengers Janet Long and Charlie Justice – is off to a predictable start as Brickfield and Bostock opened five-digit fundraising leads.
In the District 1 race between Brickfield and Long, Brickfield added $14,410 to his campaign account, bringing his overall total to just over $40,000. Long launched her campaign after the fundraising deadline, so she did not have to post a report.
In the District 3 race between Bostock and Justice, the incumbent had yet to post her report, but the $20,560 she raised during the last quarter of 2011 is still well ahead of the $3,850 Justice raised.
Honestly, Justice’s $3,850 is probably the most disappointing fundraising number of all the local reports posted yesterday. A former State Senator and congressional candidate should have $20,000 worth of contacts he can tap immediately upon entering a race.