The three candidates for Pinellas County Sheriff have one thing in common: None of them took in any contributions during June.
All three have turned in their June reports a bit early. Treasurers’ reports aren’t officially due until Friday.
Incumbent Bob Gualtieri is far ahead when it comes to fundraising. Although he took in no money in June, he’s raised a total of $119,005.
This month, Gualtieri spent $13,154.38. The bulk of that — $9,754.98 — went to the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections for qualifying. The remaining $3,400 went to Tel Opinion Research in Palm Harbor. Tel Opinion is a polling company.
James McLynas got no contributions during June, but he did lend himself $6,600. He turned around a wrote a $6,502.92 check to qualify for the race.
The costs for qualifying are different because Gualtieri is a Republican and McLynas is not affiliated with a political party.
The filing fee for nonpartisan candidates is 4 percent of the salary for the office they are seeking. In this case, 4 percent of $163,000. For partisan candidates, the fee is 6 percent of the salary.
The third contender, Greg Pound, is running as a write-in candidate. He reported no activity in his campaign account for June.