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Robert Blackmon, Gina Driscoll close fundraising gap with Justin Bean

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For a few months now, St. Petersburg businessman Justin Bean has led the eight person field in fundraising in the District 6 City Council race, but a relatively lean recent fundraising report has Robert Blackmon and Gina Driscoll nipping at his heels.

Bean raised a relative modest $685 for the period of July 8-21, which still allows him to continue to lead in fundraising with $21,418.

However, Blackmon is just $77 shy of that figure after raising $3,177 in that period, with a robust 32 separate campaign contributions. He now is at $21,341.

Nobody raised more in that period than downtown neighborhood association head Gina Driscoll, who took in $4,835 during that period. Driscoll can thank Karl Nurse for helping with that. In addition to officially endorsing her, Nurse made a $1,000 contribution to her campaign, while the printing company he helms, Bay Tech Label, tossed in another $1,000 as well.

Uhuru backed candidate Eritha “Akile” Cainion had a strong fundraising period, raising $2,105, with nine of the 30 separate contributions coming from out of state. Uhuru chairman Omali Yeshitela contributed $250 to her cause, and deputy chair Ona Zene Yeshitela contributing another $500. Cainion has raised a total of $7,945.

James Scott raised $1,288 during the period, and has raised $5,928 to date.

Maria Scruggs took in $1,160, and has raised a total of $6,140.

Corey Givens Jr., raised $110 during the period, and has raised $11,006.

And Jim Jackson loaned his campaign $500 during the time period in question. He has raised a total of $9,165.


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 [email protected]

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