Political newcomer Mike Twitty doesn’t seem so new when it comes to campaign fundraising.
In August, Twitty, a 48-year-old Republican and 25-year state-certified general real estate appraiser, raised a very impressive $50,000 in funds for his 2016 Pinellas County property appraiser run — a fundraising figure which has only been seen a few times in Pinellas County politics since 2006.
In September, after receiving a total of 89 unique contributions, Twitty added another $20,000 to his cause, brining his fundraising total up to $70,045.
Of those donations, four were for the maximum allowable $1,000, one was for $750, 10 were for $500, and 16 were for between $200 and $300.
Some notable donors include Sen. Jeff Brandes, who gave $500, St. Pete City Councilmember-elect Ed Montanari, who pitched in $250, and 2016 Pinellas County Commission Candidate Mike Mikurak, who donated $200.
And while not all filed candidates have submitted their September fundraising numbers, as of now, Twitty has raised about twice as much as anyone else filed to run for Pinellas’ elected office in 2016.
Twitty’s only competition for Pinellas’ property appraiser gig so far is 66-year-old Republican and former state Rep. Jim Frishe.
Frishe, in his five months of campaign finance reports, has raised nearly $24,000. And while that sum is considerably less than what Twitty is working with, it should be noted that Frishe — according to his camp — received all of those contributions before fully launching his campaign. However, the Supervisor of Elections lists Frishe as having turned in his paperwork to run for Pinellas’ property appraiser position back in April.
Pinellas County’s property appraiser job pays around $154,000 per year. The 2016 general election falls on November 8.