Lorraine Margeson ends St. Pete District 2 campaign by adding $3,455, for a total of $12K

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Fundraising for Lorraine Margeson’s bid to unseat incumbent Jim Kennedy in St. Petersburg City Council District 2 finished on a relatively high note as she added $3,455 to her campaign for the period ending October 31.

Margeson rolls into Tuesday’s election with a total of $11,875, with $2,000 coming from four related businesses — local gas station chain Rally, Heron Holdings, Panther Petroleum and Risser Oil Corporation.

Rally, Heron, Panther and Risser companies all work from the same address on Executive Drive in Clearwater and make up an interesting combination of donors for someone campaigning as a dedicated environmental activist.

Margeson has heated up her last-minute pitch to get out the vote, by both a Saturday morning motorcade of vehicles with campaign signs all around St. Pete, and spending $4,278 in expenditures during the final round. Most of her expenditures from Oct. 12-31 were printing costs for yard signs and mailers, as well as a TV blast through Bright House Networks.

With a comprehensive campaign price tag of $11,061, Margeson ends the race with a little over $800 cash-on-hand.

Kennedy’s final fundraising numbers are pending.


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.