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Justin Bean top fundraiser in St. Pete City Council District 6 field with $12K haul for April

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St. Petersburg District 6 City Council hopeful Justin Bean is reporting more than $12,000 in campaign contributions since he entered the contest last month, by far the most raised of anyone in the eight person field.

In fact, the $12,000 is more than what any of the other candidates have raised overall this year, with Corey Givens second with $9,304.

Among those contributing to Bean, a registered Republican, were Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Nick DiCeglie, who chipped in $500. Green Bench Brewery co-owner Nathan Stonecipher and Pinellas County Commission candidate Mike Mikurak also made contributions.

“I am blown away by the support I have received for this campaign in only twenty days,” said Bean in a statement issued out by his campaign Wednesday night. “I sincerely appreciate my family, friends, community leaders and generous donors for their financial contributions.”

Of his $12,000 total for April, $8,689 came from the public, $1,513 were in-kind contributions, and $2,000 came from a loan Bean made to his own campaign.

“I believe that any candidate who asks others to contribute their hard earned dollars should be willing to do so themselves,” Bean said.”This is our city and we all must have skin in the game.”

Givens raised $630 in April.

Next up was James Scott with $2,6550; Jim Jackson raised $2,250, Eritha”Akile” Brandis Cainion raised $1,563, while both Sharon Russ and Maria Scruggs raised $250 in April.

The other candidate in the field, Gina Driscoll, just entered the contest last week, and did not file a financial report for April.

The District 6 seat is currently held by Karl Nurse, who is term limited from running for another term.

The district begins in the Old Northeast, spreads west to 22nd Street, and then south into Midtown and ultimately stretches to Pinellas Point.


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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