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Pinellas County Commission candidate Mike Mikurak tops $47k in campaign contributions

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Mike Mikurak, in his bid for Pinellas County Commission, is continuing to report solid fundraising totals.

The 61-year-old Republican raised over $13,000 in contributions and loans throughout Oct., bringing his campaign’s balance up to nearly $47,500.

The Oct. donations were the result of 47 unique contributions — all checks, four of which were for the maximum allowable $1,000, while eight were for $500, nine for between $200 and $250, and 19 for $100.

The four Oct. $1,000 donors to the Mikurak campaign were St. Petersburg surgeon Paul Collins; the St. Petersburg-based electronic component design services company, NAC Semi; Gulfport’s Pasadena Yacht & County Club; and Seminole real estate developer Royal Travis.

Other notable donors of Mikurak’s include former Treasure Island Mayor Mary Maloof, who gave $100; St. Petersburg City Councilmember-elect Ed Montanari, who donated $250; the Restore Florida PAC, which contributed $500; Clearwater’s D-Mar General contracting ($500), which is owned by Clearwater City Councilmember Doreen DiPolito; and Linda Twitty ($100), mother of Pinellas County Property Appraiser candidate Mike Twitty.

Mikurak also gave a little over a grand in personal loans to his campaign. Loans from the candidate themselves, unlike contributions from others, have to monetary limit.

As far as in-kind contributions go, Island Way Grill, on Clearwater Beach, kicked in $500 worth of food and drinks for an early Oct. Mikurak fundraiser.

About half of Mikurak’s $4,280 Oct. expenditure’s stemmed from printing, envelopes and postage for mailers. The other half — exactly $2,000 — paid for website services.

Mikurak is running for the county’s District 3 seat — an at-large seat, currently held by Democrat Charlie Justice, for which all of Pinellas votes on. The seat’s district encompasses most of St. Pete, and all of St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island and Madeira Beach.

Justice, Mikurak’s only competition so far, recently filed his paperwork with the Supervisor of Elections to run for re-election in 2016. His first campaign finance report will be for Nov. and be released in early Dec.

The race for the county’s District 3 seat will be a significant one, as Pinellas County Commission is Democrat-heavy, with four of the seven commission members belonging to the party. Should the Republican’s snag even one of the three Democratic seats up for grabs in 2016, they will have a very good chance of regaining control of the panel, as the only Republican-held seat on the table this election is that of longtime County Commissioner Karen Seel — a tough candidate to beat.

The 2016 general election falls Nov. 8. Commissioners serve four-year terms and are paid about $90,000 per year.

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

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