St. Pete City Council member Robert Blackmon raised $21,500 in his first week of campaigning for Mayor, according to his first finance report filed with the city.
Blackmon filed for the race on May 25. The financial report covers the month of May, meaning his first haul came over the course of just six days.
Still, he has a lot of ground to cover. Front-runners Darden Rice, a colleague on City Council, and former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch are far ahead with campaign cash.
But Rice began her voter contact program earlier than any other candidate in the race, which has burned through some of her cash. As of the most recent reports, Rice has about $374,000 of her funds remaining.
Blackmon has spent less than $300 on credit card processing fees but retains less than $20,000 in the bank. Blackmon’s political committee, Prosperous St. Petersburg, has not yet reported any contributions or expenditures. It was not established until this month, which means financial reports won’t be filed until next month.
Blackmon’s campaign brought in 15 top-dollar $1,000 contributions. Those donors include the Young Floridians for Opportunity PAC, which promotes conservative, business-minded candidates like Blackmon, LEMA Construction, Hartney Realty & Development, Carolee Blackmon, and others.
Other conservative donors include Daureen Caudell, a Republican former Clearwater City Council member, St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees member Deveron Gibbons, and Pinellas County Commissioner Kathleen Peters.
In all, Blackmon received 38 individual contributions.
Neither Rice nor Welch have yet turned in updated financial reports covering May activity.
The candidates all face off in the citywide Primary Election on Aug. 24. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 2 General Election.