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Mike Twitty adds to fundraising lead over Jim Frishe in Pinellas Property Appraiser race

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In the race for Pinellas County’s Property Appraiser post, Mike Twitty is continuing to out-fundraise his lone opponent, fellow Republican Jim Frishe.

According to the latest campaign finance reports from the Supervisor of Elections, Frishe hauled in $3,750 on six donations in April. Not a bad showing, considering that until now he hasn’t raised over $650 in any monthly reporting period since the start of 2016.

Twitty, however, had a stronger showing, coming close to doubling Frishe’s April fundraising total, reeling in $6,620 on 47 donations last month.

As for the source of Frishe’s six donations, two maximum allowable $1,000 contributions came from PAC’s: Tampa’s Creating Possibilities, and St. Petersburg’s Suncoast Better Government Committee, respectively.

St. Petersburg real estate developer Mel Sembler also kicked in $1,000. While Pinellas Park Doctor Gary Heller contributed $500 to the Frishe campaign.

The other two donations to the Frishe camp came from retirees.

Twitty, on the other hand, had a wider array of donors.

Palm Harbor’s Prior Marina gave the only $1,000 April donation to the Twitty campaign, while Indian Shores redevelopment company Page Companies, and Belleair Beach retiree Kelly Coleman gave the only two $500 donations.

Twitty also grabbed donations from a couple of area politicians in former St. Pete City Council candidate and Democrat Winthrop Newton, and current St. Pete City Councilman Ed Montanari, who each gave $100.

Overall, Twitty is leading the fundraising race by a count of $120,820 to Frishe’s $44,065.

Frishe, however, does have a moderately hard-hitting list of support. His endorsers include State Sen. Jack Latvala, former State Rep. Ed Hooper, Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning, and Gulfport City Councilman Dan Liedtke.

Although, Twitty’s list of supporters might stack even higher — and weigh a bit more too. In his corner are Montanarioutgoing Pinellas Property Appraiser Pam Dubov, Pinellas County Clerk of the Court Ken Burke, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, and longtime Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson, among others.

The Republican primary is August 30.

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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