Darden Rice, Ken Welch give to both sides in St. Pete District 2 race


The St. Petersburg municipal elections are officially nonpartisan in law — but certainly not in spirit when it comes to the mayoral and District 6 City Council races this year.

That’s not a real issue in the District 2 race, where both Barclay Harless and Brandi Gabbard are Democrats battling each other to represent the Gateway/Gandy area of North St. Petersburg on the board, succeeding Jim Kennedy, term-limited from office after 10 years.

The most recent financial campaign reports filed Friday night shows that City Council Chair Darden Rice and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch both gave contributions to each candidate in the race.

In the last fundraising report, City Councilwoman Amy Foster made a single contribution to Gabbard.

Harless had a more robust two weeks of fundraising (Oct. 7-20), bringing in $7,780, and has now raised $67,935 to date.

Gabbard raised $1,735 over the past two weeks, with a total of $47,923.

Mitch Perry

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 [email protected]


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