Republican Ray Blacklidge continues fundraising lead in HD 69 - Florida Politics

Republican Ray Blacklidge continues fundraising lead in HD 69

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House District 69 Republican candidate Ray Blacklidge raised $10,395 during December, his campaign announced Tuesday.

This latest haul brings Blacklidge’s total amount to more than $87,000.

When combined with funds raised for his political committee, Friends of Ray Blacklidge, his total amount now exceeds $100,000.

“Our momentum in this campaign continues to grow,” he said in a statement. “Our fundraising strength demonstrates that more and more people are jumping on board with our vision for more jobs and a stronger economy, and I look forward to continuing to get our message out to the voters of District 69.” 

The Madeira Beach-based Blacklidge works as an insurance executive and attorney in the management of a Florida-based insurance company.

Blacklidge faces St. Petersburg attorney Jeremy Bailie in the GOP primary for HD 69, vacated later this year by South Pasadena Republican Kathleen Peters.

On the Democratic side, St. Pete attorney Javier Centonizo joined Jennifer Webb in the race. Webb raised $13,641 in December, and has raised $34,866.

Bailie reported taking in $3,350 in December, and $29,090 overall.

HD 69 covers the south Pinellas beach communities from Redington Shores to Fort DeSoto, as well as portions of St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Kenneth City, and Pinellas Park. It’s a swing district, broken up almost into equal thirds of Republicans, Democrats and independents.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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