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Jim Norman fundraising slows in November, yet still rules roost in District 6 fundraising

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Jim Norman is probably never going raise as much money in one month for his campaign for the Hillsborough County District 6 seat that he took in back in September, when he brought in over $83,000. Though wildly impressive as a statement about his political viability after being in the hinterlands for the past three years, it was also was somewhat less impressive overall, since his supporters had been hinting to reporters that he was going to bring $100,000.

Diminished expectations be damned, Norman nonetheless continues to lead all the candidates — Republican and Democrat — who are running for the countywide seat in 2016, and campaign records on Thursday reveal that he brought in another $7,450 in November, giving him a total of $107,575 since entering the contest a little over three months ago.

Democrat Brian Willis has raised the second most cash in the contest to date, with $66,501. He has yet to report his fundraising numbers for November.

The only other District 6 candidate to report November fundraising totals to date is Democrat Thomas Scott, who received only two contributions for the month — $100 from Hillsborough County School Board member Dorotha Edgecomb, and $750 from Vince Marchetti, a prominent land-use attorney in Tampa who often represents clients who go before the BOCC on zoning issues.

Other major candidates in the race include Democrat Pat Kemp and Republican Tim Schock.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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