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Mike Mikurak clears $100,000 in fundraising

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Republican Mike Mikurak has passed the $100,000 mark in fundraising for his race against incumbent Charlie Justice for the District 3 at-large seat on the Pinellas County Commission.

In his most recent financial report, Mikurak says he raised $12,975 in the month of May, bringing his overall total since September to $100,480.

It’s unclear how far ahead of Justice he may be. Justice has until Friday to file his May report. However, as of the end of April, Justice, a Democrat, had raised $48,067.

Mikurak, a retired business executive, is making his first run for political office. Justice is in his first term on the County Commission, having been elected in 2012. He is currently chair of the commission. He is a former state legislator, having served in the Florida Senate from 2006 to 2010 and the state House from 2000 to 2006.

The District 3 seat is elected countywide, but candidates must live in the district. The district includes St. Petersburg, Gulfport, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach and a portion of Pinellas Park. The election is Nov. 8.

In other commission races, Republican incumbent Karen Seel reports she has raised $32,868.92 as of May 31. Seel has no opponent.

Democrat Ken Welch, who is also unopposed; incumbent Democrat Janet Long; nor Long’s opponent, political newcomer Martin Hughes have filed their May financial reports. They have until Friday to do so.

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