St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell may have been slightly disappointed when he drew a last-minute challenger for re-election in District 5, but based on the latest campaign finance reports, his opposition isn’t necessarily formidable.
Kornell has raised more than $33,000 as of the end of June compared to Philip Garrett’s $185. And that Kornell is trailing off in fundraising activity is also a likely indication that he’s not worried about being ousted from his seat.
Of his total contributions, just $6,775 came during the second quarter of reporting between April and June.
Most of those contributions came from individual St. Pete residents, but there were a handful of donations from groups. The St. Pete Democratic Club kicked in $495. The prominently gay bar Flamingo donated $500 as did a political committee called “Flame.”
The WWFFL political committee cut Kornell’s campaign a $125 check and former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink who has endorsed campaign gave $100 in in-kind contributions for an email blast.
Kornell has spent $8,633 to date. The most recent expenses were $900 for advertising with this blog’s parent company, Extensive Enterprises.
Garrett’s $185 contribution came from his own pocket. All but $10 was spent on qualifying fees and campaign checks.
Kornell will face Garrett at the ballot box in the November General Election. Only the five-way race for District 7 will be on the Aug. 25 primary ballot.