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Charlie Gerdes closes funding gap over challenger Monica Abbott

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St. Pete City Council chair Charlie Gerdes hasn’t quite caught up to his opponent in a fundraising race for the District 1 race, but he’s cut her lead to less than $1,000. The biggest difference is, $11,000 of Monica Abbott’s $12,425 in campaign funds came from her own pocket. Gerdes has raised just shy of $12,000 through multiple donations from local and state committees. Gerdes is on track to far out-raise Abbott if the most recent campaign finance reports serve…

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Monica Abbott hopes to unseat Charlie Gerdes so she can be a full-time representative

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Monica Abbott is self-funding a campaign to unseat St. Pete City Council chair Charlie Gerdes … to the tune of $11,000. Abbott wants a shot at representing West St. Pete residents in District 1 because she thinks Gerdes isn’t paying enough attention to the district. “He’s more for the city,” Abbott said. “That’s more being a council member at-large.” Abbott complained that Gerdes failed to secure Penny for Pinellas funds for a Pinellas Trail expansion in their district. She said he…

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Political outsider Monica Abbott self-funds City Council bid to out-raise Charlie Gerdes

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Thanks to an $11,000 loan from herself, City Council candidate Monica Abbott has now tripled the amount of money raised by her opponent for the District 1 seat covering West St. Pete. Including her loan, Abbott has now raised $12,425 compared to just $4,150 raised by City Council chair Charlie Gerdes in his re-election bid. Abbott also brought in a $250 contribution from City Council member-elect Ed Montanari. Abbott had previously donated to Montanari’s campaign. The City Council hopeful also…

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