Jim Kennedy posts another $3K to campaign, leads in St. Pete District 2 race

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Latest fundraising numbers for St. Petersburg City Council District 2 shows incumbent Jim Kennedy with a significant money advantage over environmental activist Lorraine Margeson.

Kennedy — who also polls ahead of Margeson by 17 points with two weeks until the November 5 citywide municipal elections — banked another $3,150 in campaign cash from Sept. 28-Oct. 11, making his total $24,975 overall.

In contrast, Margeson raised $1,365 in the same period, for $8,420 so far.  

Kennedy received 16 contributions in the two-week October period, with $500 checks each from Ft. Lauderdale-based Progressive Equity Corp. and the local Brett Funeral Home.

Margeson received some labor support this time, with a $500 check from the Florida Service Employees International/Florida Public Services Union.

Kennedy spent $1,500 during this reporting period, for a total price tag of $22,830. This gives him $2,145 on hand. Margeson spent $500 on video recording services; her campaign expenditures so far are $6,783, leaving her $1,637 in her war chest.

In an Oct. 14 StPetePolls survey, Kennedy receives 40.2 percent of registered voters, while Margeson gets 23.3 percent. More than 36 percent of voters 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.