Dave Eggers reaches $70K raised in Pinellas County Commission bid

Dave Eggers
The Republican incumbent leads as one of three candidates in the race.

Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers has now raised more than $70,000 since launching his re-election campaign.

Eggers has amassed $70,880 between his campaign account and affiliated political committee, Friends of Dave Eggers. In March, his campaign collected $7,900. His political committee did not report any fundraising.

Eggers’ campaign reported 14 donors last month, including five $1,000 donations, all from individuals.

As far as spending, Eggers’ campaign dished out $7,365 on advertising and campaign consulting services. His political committee also spent $2,279 in March on finance consulting.

Eggers will start April with $43,510 in cash on hand. And he’ll need that funding if he faces current state Rep. Chris Latvala, who has raised more than $100,000 for his Pinellas County Commission bid as of the start of February. All in all, Latvala had more than $163,000 on hand in February for a County Commission race.

However, it is still unclear if Latvala will be running for the District 4 Commission seat, and if he’ll do so in 2022 or 2024.

Eggers, the Republican incumbent, leads as one of three candidates in the race right now. However, Latvala is considering challenging the incumbent for the seat. Two other candidates, Republicans Shawn Price and Heather Vernillo, have each raised under $5,000 for their campaigns.

If Latvala jumped into that race, it would likely be a competitive Republican Primary between a sitting legislator and an incumbent Commissioner.

Latvala told Florida Politics he decided to consider challenging Eggers after learning the Commission was planning to hold its first meeting on Pinellas County redistricting ahead of the 2022 elections without livestreaming or televising the meeting, prompting concerns incumbents would try to draw lines favoring their own re-elections.

District 4 covers the northernmost parts of Pinellas County, including Palm Harbor, East Lake, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin and Safety Harbor.

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]


3 comments

  • TD

    April 21, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    Was literally hoping this was author Dave Eggers, that he had taken an unforeseeable and unreported midlife detour into local politics, and that the Code of Ordinances would soon be rewritten and reissued by chapter, quarterly, under a collection title like “A Somewhat Less Heartbreaking But Utterly Thankless Work of Staggering Genius.”

  • James Westman

    April 23, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Dave Eggers has violated his fiduciary responsibility to his constituents and violated his Public Official BOND which provides for good faith of duties! On 2 occasions he and his assistant Kimberley Greenleaf have ignored my request to preserve my constitutional rights versus an unlawful mandate and an unlawful ordinance!

  • Edward Lyle

    April 24, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Did Big Daddy teach junior all about how to avoid a forced resignation under a cloud of Public Corruption and Sexual Misconduct?

    … ‘cause, you know… that could be important

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