Karl Nurse adds $11,795 to his campaign warchest

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Karl Nurse is getting some strong support for his re-election.

In the most recent financing report released Tuesday, Nurse collected $11,795 in contributions for his District 6 re-election campaign.

Nurse received sixty donations between April 1 to June 30, from individual supporters such as community activist Darden Rice, who put up $250, Georgie’s Alibi owner Ron Gofrank and St. Pete Free Clinic executive director Beth Houghton, who each gave Nurse $500. Rice is also running for City Council in the August primary.

Organizations giving to Nurse’s re-election include $500 checks from PACs for the SEIU Florida Public Services Union and the Pinellas Police Benevolent Association, as well as a $250 donation from the West Central Florida Federation of Labor.

Nurse also gave $3,000 of his own money to retain his seat in November.

In the most recent polling, Nurse has a comfortable advantage in keeping his seat.  However, those numbers were against hypothetical candidates Blanche Ganey of the Weekly Challenger Newspaper and longtime city employee Thomas “Jet” Jackson. Nurse received 42 percent against Ganey, who only received 15 percent. Forty-three percent of voters remained undecided.

Against Jackson, Nurse receives 40 percent to 18 percent.  In that match-up, 41 percent of voters are undecided.

Russ and Trevor Mallory, the two other candidates running against Nurse for District 6, have until Wednesday, July 10 to file campaign financial reports for the second quarter of 2013. 

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.