Based on Karl Nurse’s money numbers, it is clear that voters have little motivation to change the St. Petersburg City Council Chair. According to recent campaign financing reports, Nurse has pulled far ahead in fundraising of both the challengers for his District 6 seat.
Incumbent Nurse raised $3,475 in the last two weeks of July, bringing his total to $17,520. He spent only $7,819 on his campaign, leaving Nurse with solid cash-on-hand of nearly $10,000 going into the primary. That is somewhere around a 10-1 ratio to the combined total donations to the campaigns of both of Nurse’s competitors — activist Sharon Russ and former city employee Trevor Mallory.
Russ did not file a financial report for the period from July 20 to Aug. 2; instead, she submitted a waiver of report. Mallory received $120 for the reporting period, for total contributions of $1,170. Spending $980 on his run to unseat Nurse, Mallory has less than $200 left to invest in getting the word out.
This round of fundraising, Nurse received a $500 check from the Realtors of Florida PAC. So far, he has gained the support of several key local organizations: St. Petersburg Chamber Political Action Committee, Pinellas Realtor Organization, Police Benevolent Association, West Central Florida Federation of Labor (WCFFOL), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Stonewall Democrats and Equality Florida.
The Tampa Bay Times also recommended Nurse last week to District 6 voters.
District 6 represents much of downtown and the southeast portions of St. Pete. The primary election is Aug. 27, with the citywide general election Nov. 5.