Pinellas commission candidates post latest fundraising numbers

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Johnny Johnson remains the top fundraiser in the crowded District 4 county commission race to replace Susan Latvala.

Johnson brought in $5,580 during the most recent reporting period from July 26-August 1. $2,000 of that came from Palm Harbor doctors James Zachary and Robert Dean. Johnson spent less than $200 that period.

Peter Nehr is Johnson’s closest financial competition. Nehr has brought in a total of $45,700 but didn’t post any incoming contributions for the latest period.

Clearwater Mayor Dave Eggers trails Nehr in total contributions by just a few thousand, but didn’t post any income this period.

Mark Weinkrantz brought in $350, bringing his campaign total to $27,566.

Oldsmar City Councilman Jim Ronecker raised $1,250 the last week of July. That brings his fundraising total to $21,015.

Wanda Kimsey, a retired government worker, brought in $125 bringing her total contributions to $18,277.

Other contributions in the Pinellas County Commission District 4 race went to Macho Liberti ($200) and Carl Folkman ($300).

Things still aren’t looking good for District 2 County Commission incumbent Norm Roche. He trails his primary opponent, State Representative Ed Hooper, by more than $100,000 in total fundraising.

Roche’s $23,700 total includes $500 in contributions during the latest reporting period.

Hooper raised $3,000 that same period bringing his total to $134,355.

Whoever wins that Republican primary will face Pat Gerard. She raised $4,010 the last period, which brings her total contributions to $135,054.

District 6 Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni brought in just under $4,000 bringing his total fundraising to $120,590. That’s a commanding lead over his only opponent, Tea Partier Tom Rask. Rask has brought in $8,975.03. That includes $600 from the most recent report period.

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