Bradbury Dominates in Fundraising for Pinellas Park Mayor’s Race
By ANNE LINDBERG, TB Reporter
Most of Mayor Sandy Bradbury’s campaign chest comes from heavy hitters outside Pinellas Park and from donors who get city business. The polls are open today (March 13) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
PINELLAS PARK – With voters headed to the polls today, one thing is clear: Mayor Sandy Bradbury won the race to raise money for her reelection campaign.
Bradbury raised more than six times as much as challenger Donna Saxer, a retired Pinellas Park police officer. Brabury raised a total of $7,950 cash to Saxer’s $1,200 in cash donations, according to campaign finance documents filed during the campaign. Bradbury also received $448.41 in in-kind donations while Saxer received $347.75 from in-kind donations.
It’s not only the amounts raised that differentiate the two campaigns, it’s where the money came from.
In Saxer’s case, about a third – $400 – of the total cash donations came out of her own pocket. And, the bulk – about 67 percent of the total comes from Saxer’s loan to herself and donations from former Mayor Bill Mischler and his wife, Joan, ($300) and his brother, John, and his wife, Eileen ($100). The remainder of Saxer’s cash donations came from individuals inside and outside the city.
Bradbury also loaned money to her own campaign – $300. And her father, former Mayor Cecil Bradbury, donated $50 to her. Her mother, Margaret, donated $100. Other money from inside Pinellas Park came from former city spokesman Tim Caddell and his wife, Tracey ($100); City Council member Rick Butler ($100); City Council member Jerry Mullins ($250); the Pinellas Park firefighters union that endorsed her ($250); and Joe’s Towing ($500). That total – $1,650 – accounted for about 21 percent of her total cash donations.
The bulk of her money came from elsewhere. Among those donors:
- the Pinellas Realtor Organization, which endorsed her ($1,000);
- Northside Engineering ($500), a Clearwater firm owned by Madeira Beach resident Housh Ghovaee. Bradbury works for Northside Engineering;
- Ron Book, whom the city pays $68,000 a year for lobbying services ($500);
- Patricia Book of Hollywood, FL ($1,000);
- Trail Ridge Landfill, Inc. (two donations of $300 and $700 each, totaling $1,000). Trail Ridge Landfill is operated by Waste Management and serves the city of Jacksonville and Duval County. Waste Management contracts with Pinellas Park for citywide trash and garbage pickup.
Attachments: Copies of campaign finance reports from Sandy Bradbury and Donna Saxer received from public records request. They are in the order received.
For information about Bradbury, go to bradburyformayor.com.
For information about Saxer, go to facebook.com.
Photo shows Sandra Bradbury, left, and Donna Saxer.
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