Pinellas County Property Appraiser candidate Mike Twitty will be serving up a little baseball with his politics this Wednesday evening.
The 48-year-old Republican — and general real estate appraiser of 25 years — is holding a campaign kickoff fundraiser at Ferg’s from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m..
The event will feature live music and a Rays vs. Red Sox watch party, as well as comments from Twitty himself.
According to campaign literature, Twitty’s property appraiser goals include, “identify[ing] areas to cut spending and streamline the system to ensure taxpayers’ dollars are used wisely, with full accountability and transparency,” and “updating office technology to increase efficiency and provide taxpayers with greater access to the information they need.”
His educational background includes a 1989 Business Administration degree from the University of Florida, with a major in Real Estate and Urban Analysis.
He’s also a member of the Pinellas Realtors Association, the Florida Gulfcoast Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, the National Association of Realtors, and the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors.
He holds an MAI membership designation with the Appraisal Institute, a global association of real estate appraisers, as well.
“[It’s] the best, highest, most honored designation that can be awarded to an appraiser who works in the private sector,” said outgoing Pinellas Property Appraiser and Twitty host committee member Pam Dubov.
The designation is reserved for appraisers “experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential, and other types of properties,” according to the Appraisal Institute.
However, in his bid for public office, Twitty, a political newcomer and local GOP favorite, has raised over $114,000 since entering the race last August.
So far, his lone competitor — fellow Republican and former state Representative Jim Frishe — has raised just under $41,000.
In addition to Dubov, some of Twitty’s host committee includes Pinellas County Clerk of the Court Ken Burke, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, St. Petersburg City Councilmember Ed Montanari, and long-time Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson.
Ferg’s is located at 1320 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705.
The General Election falls on November 8.