Jim Kennedy brings in another $5,700 for City Council District 2 race

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To keep his St. Petersburg City Council District 2 seat, it might cost Jim Kennedy a bit of cash.

According to his current campaign funding report for the second quarter 2013, Kennedy’s campaign brought in $5,700 to date. That is nearly eight times what his opponent, “Stop the Lens” organizer Lorraine Margeson,  collected so far.

Kennedy seems to have some solid donors on his side. While only getting 10 donors this quarter, seven gave $500, the legal limit by Florida law. Kennedy collected checks from various law firms, the owners of Georgie’s Alibi and St. Petersburg real estate developer Darryl LeClair.

Last year, LeClair unveiled plans to build a baseball stadium for the Rays in the Carillion/Gateway area. He also spent significant resources developing concepts for a new St. Petersburg Pier.

On the other hand, the price tag for Kennedy’s re-election is also getting higher. He has already spent $2719 so far in his campaign, nearly 14 times the $197 Margeson spent on her bid to unseat the incumbent. Of his expenditures, $1000 was to St. Pete-based MityMo Design for “web design” services. There is currently no re-elect Kennedy site (or it is really difficult to find on Google). MityMo also created political sites for Karl Nurse, Rick Kriseman, Darryl Rouson and the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club.

Kennedy might need that extra cash to get the voters back on his side. In the most recent StPetePolls survey, Kennedy and Margeson are tied with registered voters, each getting nearly 22 percent. A majority of voters—56 percent remain undecided.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.