Kent King giving Tampa City Councilmember Harry Cohen an early run for his money

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In what is so far one of Tampa’s most competitive fundraising battles for city council candidates, incumbent Harry Cohen is just out-raising his opponent Kent King. Cohen has so far brought in $48,450 while King, a relative outsider, has managed to raise $35,587.

The latest fundraising numbers for October were released this week. During that month, Cohen brought in $5,200 and King $3,456. Both candidates’ fundraising efforts seemed to have slowed after peaks in August and September when Cohen brought in more than $30,000 and King more than $21,000.

King, who is the development manager for the Tampa Atlantic division of Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida, got one maximum $1,000 contribution from investor Stewart Bertron. He also raked in $500 contributions from Gator Ford and Alfonso Architects. King spent a little over $7,200 during October. Most of that was on a stay at the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

Cohen matched his opponent’s auto dealership contribution with one of his own from Elder Ford. TECO and Kathy Castor Chief of Staff Clay Phillips also kicked in $500. Cohen didn’t receive a single contribution during the month of October for less than $100. He only spent just over $20 on processing fees.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.