Incumbent Ken Peluso is the clear winner when it comes to fundraising in the race for District 4 on the Pinellas County School Board.
Peluso, who is in his first term, has raised about four times the amount of his nearest competitor, Eileen Long, a science teacher at Clearwater Intermediate. According to records filed with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, Peluso has raised about $12,846 in cash and in-kind donations. Long reported raising about $3,257.
The other runner, Chris Hardman, reported zero contributions. Hardman is making his third run for the board. Anthony Maccaroni, who announced he would be seeking the seat, has withdrawn.
Although Peluso has raised significant funds, much of it — $5,000 in cash and about $1,013 in-kind — comes from loans he has made to his campaign. Similarly, Long has taken money out of her own pocket to finance her campaign: $50 in cash and about $1,507 in-kind.
Candidates for the District 4 seat are elected by voters who live in that district. The district includes the far northern reaches of Pinellas County including the Tarpon Springs area. The seven School Board members serve four-year terms.