Leading in the most recent poll, St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman continued his campaign’s momentum today by announcing he has raised roughly $59,000 since the Aug. 27 primary election.
The donations were collected in a 17-day period that ended Friday. During the same period four years ago, incumbent Bill Foster raised $26,835, city records show.
Kriseman has now raised roughly $215,000 since launching his campaign in February. The former Democratic lawmaker has been criticized by Foster for bringing party politics into the nonpartisan race and because a majority of his contributions have come from outside St. Petersburg.
Kriseman said 75 percent of his latest donations come from within Pinellas County, although he also received $7,500 from the Florida Democratic Party, which contributed more than $30,000 to his campaign during the primary election.
“Once again, I am humbled by the outpouring of support for my campaign for mayor of St. Petersburg,” Kriseman said in a statement. “The people of this city want decisive leadership from City Hall, and I am confident I will deliver that leadership as mayor.”
Niel Allen, Foster’s campaign manager, said Foster has reached his fundraising goal ?but declined to say how much he has raised. Foster raised roughly $148,000 during the primary election.
“We are still concerned [Kriseman] is still beholden to too many special interest groups and political interests in Tallahassee, and voters will have to decide if that is what they want in a nonpartisan election,” Allen said.
Candidates for mayor and City Council have until 5 p.m. Friday to file or mail their latest campaign finance reports.