A fundraiser to help fund Charlie Justice’s re-election campaign to the Pinellas County Commission District 3 seat is set for Tuesday.
The fundraiser, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will be at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The event is hosted by Zev Buffman and two of Justice’s fellow Democratic commissioners, Janet Long and Ken Welch. The event includes appetizers with a cash bar.
Justice is facing a challenge in the Nov. 8 general election from Republican Mike Mikurak. Mikurak, a retired businessman, is making his first run for public office.
Thus far, Mikurak is winning when it comes to fundraising. He’s raised $120,407 to Justice’s $70,062. But Mikurak has been raising money since last September, about a month later. And Mikurak’s first month of fundraising was his best so far – $33,800, although about $10,291 of that came out of his own pocket. In Justice’s first month of fundraising, he brought in $100 that he he gave himself to open his campaign account.
Justice has been playing catchup ever since.
Justice has served on the Pinellas Commission since 2012 and is its current chair. Before that, he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006. He then served in the state Senate from 2006 to 2010.
Justice also serves on the Tampa Bay Estuary program policy board, the Health and Human Services Leadership Board, the Area Agency on Aging of Pinellas-Pasco board, and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority board. He is chair of the Pinellas County Historic Preservation board and an advisor to the Pinellas County Youth Advisory committee.
Justice lives in St. Petersburg.
The District 3 seat is one of the at-large positions on the seven-member commission. All Pinellas voters will be able to cast ballots.