Charlie Justice picked up another $6,515 last month in his quest to retain the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County Commission.
That brings Justice’s total to $54,482, a little more than half as much as challenger Mike Mikurak‘s $100,480. The disparity may not be as great as it would seem at first glance. Mikurak’s total fundraising spans the time period from September through the end of May. Justice, on the other hand, filed to run in late October and did not start taking donations until November.
Justice, a Democrat, is in his first term on the Pinellas County Commission. He’s currently serving as the chairman of the group. Justice served in the state Senate from 2006 to 2010 and before that in the Florida House from 2000 to 2006.
He also serves on the Health and Human Services Leadership Board, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program policy board, the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas board and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority board.
He is married and has two children.
Mikurak is a retired businessman. He serves on the Juvenile Welfare Board, the CareerSource Pinellas executive committee/board, the USF Council of Professionals and the Pinellas County Republican executive committee. He is a past board chair of the Science Center of Pinellas County and St. Anthony’s Hospital.
The District 3 seat is elected countywide, but candidates must live in the district. The district includes St. Petersburg, Gulfport, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and a portion of Pinellas Park. The election is Nov. 8.
In other commission races, incumbent Ken Welch added another $950 to his campaign coffers last month, bringing his total to $33,485. Welch, a Democrat, currently has no opponents.
In the race for the District 1 at-large seat, neither incumbent Democrat Janet Long nor her Republican opponent Martin Hughes had filed a financial report for May. They have until the end of today to do so.