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Pat Kemp contributes $25,000 to her County Commission campaign in June

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Fundraising numbers for Hillsborough County District 6 Democratic primary candidates Brian Willis and Pat Kemp for the month of June were reported on Friday night, and the news here is that Kemp has contributed $25,000 to her campaign.

Willis got a head start over Kemp in terms of fundraising, beginning to actively campaign starting in April. While Kemp has been a candidate since that time, she deliberately said she would not begin fundraising until June.

The numbers are now in for June, and Kemp can show that she raised $38,990 from a total of 70 people. However, the lion’s share of that total came from her own checkbook. Kemp wrote a check to her campaign on the last day to report contributions – $25,000 on June 30.

Willis raised $5,395 in June from 53 contributors.

Overall, Willis has now raised $57,127 in the race,  Kemp $43,740. In terms of overall contributions, Willis has received money from 276 people, Kemp has raised money from 87 people.

The two Democrats have now been joined in the contest by former County Commissioner and City Councilman Tom Scott, who did not enter the race until July 2, and thus has no numbers to report at this time.

The Democratic candidates are running to vie in the District 6 County Commission race that takes place in 13 months. The winner will face the Republican nominee next November.

As of now, no Republican has officially entered the contest.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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