State Rep. Kathleen Peters has raised about 2½ times more money to finance her campaign than her challenger, Jennifer Webb.
According to the most recently filed financial reports, Peters raised $19,110 during the first seven days of October. That brings her overall total to about $319,760 in cash. She’s also received another $36,825 in in-kind donations.
Among Peters’ donors during that seven days were the Republican Party of Florida, which gave her $5,750. Derby Lane of St. Petersburg donated $1,000.
During that same time period, Webb raised $2,565, bringing her overall total to about $126,362 in cash contributions. She’s received another $14,712 in in-kind donations.
Among Webb’s donors during those seven days were St. Petersburg council member Darden Rice, who contributed $200. Eric Lynn, who lost the Aug. 30 Democratic primary for the State House District 68 seat to Ben Diamond, contributed $100.
Peters, a Republican, is seeking her third term representing HD 69. The district covers Gulfport; some of the beach communities, including Redington Shores; Kenneth City; and part of the unincorporated Lealman area.
Peters is running on her record, particularly her co-sponsorship of legislation that, she says, transformed Florida’s mental health system. The bills, which passed, deal with required timeframes for competency and commitment hearings; allows physicians in all counties rather than ones of certain population size to provide a second opinion for treatment facility admission; and requires all Florida counties to devise a plan for affected residents to enter the mental health or substance abuse treatment system through any door in the system.
Peters is a former mayor of South Pasadena.
Webb, who lives in Gulfport, is making her first run for public office. Webb is the director of community engagement for the University of South Florida. She says she is running because people have lost patience with Tallahassee and elected officials’ refusal or inability to stand up against lobbyists and special interest groups.
Webb says she wants to put commonsense solutions ahead of ideology and represent the interests of working-class families.