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Thom Barnhorn leads in fundraising in Seminole City Council race

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Incumbent Thom Barnhorn is the clear winner when it comes to raising funds to run for re-election to the Seminole City Council.

Barnhorn has raised $6,255, according to the latest filings with the Seminole city clerk’s office. Jim Quinn, the other incumbent in the race, has raised $3,250. Tom Christy trails far behind with $237.

A bit more than half Barnhorn’s funds — $3,500 — come from his own pockets. But he’s also received donations from former Seminole council member Dan Hester ($150), Pinellas Clerk of Court Ken Burke ($50), Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni ($50), former St. Petersburg College Provost Jim Olliver ($50), and fellow council member Roger Edelman ($100).

Quinn, like Barnhorn, is financing a large chunk of his re-election bid — $2,500. But he also received a donation Edelman ($100) and former Pinellas tax collector Fred Petty ($50). Petty ran unsuccessfully for the Seminole council in 2015.

All of Christy’s funds are his own.

Christy is making his seventh run for a seat on the Seminole Council.

Barnhorn is a financial adviser who has served on the council since 2006 except for a few months in 2009. He lost the election that year but was appointed by the council to fill a term when another member resigned. He served as vice mayor from 2008-09 and 2012-2015.

Barnhorn is the vice chair of the Florida League of Cities’ Finance, Taxation & Personnel Committee and serves on the National League of Cities Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Steering Committee and its Small Cities Steering Committee. He is past president of the Suncoast League of Cities.

Quinn has served on the council since March 2010. He’s the current vice mayor. Quinn is a member of the Florida League of Cities Energy & Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Pinellas Sheriff’s Advisory Board. He is vice president of the board of directors of Interfaith Food Pantry and co-chair of the Concerned Citizens of Seminole Garden Apts.

Two seats are open on the seven-member council. The two top vote-getters will take office. The nonpartisan election is voted citywide.

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