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Leslie Waters raising money by the bucketload

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Leslie Waters, a former Republican member of the state House of Representatives who termed out of office, has been a fundraising machine. As of the last reporting deadline, she has raised $8,150, more than double the $3,495 that incumbent Tom Barnhorn has raised.

Waters has also drawn heavily on her Republican pals in her run for this nonpartisan seat: the Belleair Women’s Republican Club ($500), the Suncoast Republican Women’s Club ($100), and the St. Petersburg Republican Club ($100). Waters also raised $350 from the Associated Builders and Contractors PAC.

Waters’ list of contributors is a partial list of high-profile local politicos: Seminole council member Dan Hester ($100), Pinellas County School Board member Nancy Bostock ($50), former Seminole council member Trina Watkins ($25), former Pinellas County attorney Susan Churuti ($100), and former Pinellas County Commissioner Ronnie Duncan ($100).

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