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In Pinellas Property Appraiser race, Mike Twitty continues to increase fundraising lead over Jim Frishe

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Thanks to a $10,000-plus fundraising month in November, Pinellas Property Appraiser hopeful Mike Twitty now has a total of $95,765 in his campaign bank.

Twitty’s new contribution total — released by the Supervisor of Elections last night — puts him almost $60,000 ahead of his lone competitor, fellow Republican and former House Rep. Jim Frishe, who raised $1,240 in November, bringing his current fundraising total up to exactly $37,145.

Of Frishe’s 10 donations last month, the largest was for $500. It came from St. Petersburg’s Taso Properties Inc. — also known as Haines Corner Deli.

His November spending total, however, reached almost $3,000 — more than doubling what he brought in for the month. All but $25 of it went to webelect.net LLC for software subscriptions.

As for Twitty, the 25-year professional real estate appraiser and clear favorite of the Pinellas GOP’s, had a November which actually represents the lowest fundraising month of his four month old campaign.

But he burst onto the local political scene back in September by breaking records, so probably not too many people will hold a ten-grand fundraising month against him.

Those November donations of Twitty’s consisted of 41 unique contributions, two of which were for the maximum allowable $1,000, seven were for $500, ten were for between $200 and $300, 14 were for between $100 and $125, and the remaining eight for $99 or less.

The two $1,000 donations came from Sarasota’s Ascentia Realty Group Inc. and St. Petersburg developer William Lloyd, respectively.

North Redington Beach Mayor Bill Queen was also a November donor of Twitty’s, having contributed a generous $500 to the election cause.

Aside from spending $750 on consulting fees to Poli Solutions Consulting LLC, Twitty’s nearly $1,500 in November expenditures were spread somewhat evenly between office space, business cards, web ads, party reimbursements and PayPal credit card fees.

As far as the overall race for Pinellas’ property appraiser goes, Twitty seems to have the overall edge in that as well.

He’s obviously got the fundraising lead. But he’s also got the advantage in the experience comparison, as well as in the race for big endorsements.

Twitty’s endorsers include outgoing Pinellas Property Appraiser Pam Dubov, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, St. Petersburg Councilman-elect Ed Montanari, Pinellas County Clerk of the Court Ken Burke, former Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala, and 2016 Pinellas County Commission candidate Mike Mikurak.

However, Frishe does have a couple heavy-hitter-backers of his own.

State Sen. Jack Latvala is listed on Frishe’s host committee, and Pinellas County Commission Chairman John Morroni is also a known contributor.

Other notable host committee members of Frishe’s include Gulfport City Councilman Dan Liedtke, Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning, and former state Rep. Ed Hooper.

Pinellas County’s property appraiser job pays about $154,000 per year. The 2016 general election is November 8.

For more on Frishe, visit jimfrishe.com or facebook.com/jimfrisheforpinellas.

For more on  Twitty, visit miketwitty.com or facebook.com/votemiketwitty.

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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