Sean Shaw, Ben Diamond among donors backing Caprice Edmond reelection

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Edmond's former opponent, Karl Nurse, also contributed.

Pinellas County School Board member Caprice Edmond has garnered financial backing from several prominent Pinellas County and state leaders since launching her District 7 reelection campaign in May.

Edmond, a local teacher first elected to the seat in 2020, has so far raised $22,442 for her campaign — the most among all active school board candidates.

She won a Special Election for the seat, which opened after Rene Flowers stepped down to run for the Pinellas County Commission. This time, Edmond is vying for a full, four-year term. She is currently the only candidate in the District 7 race.

Her campaign fundraising has boasted donors including Congressional candidate and state Rep. Ben Diamond and former 2018 Attorney General Democratic nominee Sean Shaw, who each gave $250, as well as former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who contributed $200.

Edmond has also drawn support from prominent local officials, including St. Petersburg City Council members AmyFoster and Brandi Gabbard, who each donated $100. Former Democratic Rep. Jennifer Webb, who lost her seat in 2020 to Republican Rep. Linda Chaney, gave $500 to Edmond’s campaign.

In November, Edmond collected $2,125 from 23 donors, including Karl Nurse, who ran against Edmond in 2020 in a race that sparked controversy over minority representation. Nurse, who is White, had drawn criticism in the race from local leaders for running in the county’s only reliable minority district.

Edmond’s campaign spent $525 in November, including $115 on a fundraising event at Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill, $90 on website updates and the remainder on processing fees and printing costs.

Edmond enters December with $18,121 on hand.

The local teacher is currently the only candidate who has not drawn an opponent among the four districts up for election. Recently, though, incumbent District 3 board member Nicole Carr announced her withdrawal from the race, leaving opponent Dawn Peters unopposed.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


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