Follow the money

A bar chart representing financial contributions from the five candidates for the Gulfport Florida City Council 2021


Next week, Gulfport voters from across the city will choose who sits on two council seats. We have interviewed the candidates and written about many aspects of their campaigns and goals in recent months. This week, we have reviewed the latest financial reports from each candidate.

Some notes on the figures below: All information except the average donation includes money that has either been donated or lent to their campaigns. We have rounded all figures to the nearest dollar. For a complete list of donors, the amount donated and other management information, please look for this story on thegabber.com. If you want to see the original candidate reports, you can send an e-mail to the City Council ([email protected]) to request them.


Christine Brown, sitting, section 2

Christine Brown has been a member of the City Council since 2013. She works as her own treasurer and campaign manager.

Total collected: $ 3386

Donations from Gulfport residents and businesses: $ 2886

Percentage of money raised in Gulfport: 85%

Number of sensors: 10

Number of sensors from Gulfport: 8

Average donation: $ 191

Cash donations and loans: $ 2586

In-Kind (trade) donations: $ 800

Business donations: $ 500


Mike Bauer, challenger, Division 2

Treasurer: Bill Oetting

Campaign Manager: Kate Bauer-Jones

Total collected: $ 3214

Donations from Gulfport residents and businesses: 1175 $

Percentage of money raised in Gulfport: 37%

Number of sensors: 46

Number of sensors from Gulfport: 16

Average donation: $ 67

Cash donations and loans: 3 160 $

In-Kind (trade) donations: $ 54

Corporate donations: $ 54


Michael Fridovich, sitting, section 2

Michael Fridovich has been a member of the City Council since 2013. He serves as his own treasurer; Barry Edwards serves as his campaign manager.

Treasurer: Self

Campaign Manager: Barry Edwards

Total collected: $ 3120

Donations from Gulfport residents and businesses: $ 1,290

Percentage of money raised in Gulfport: 41%

Number of sensors: 25

Number of sensors from Gulfport: 11

Average donation: $ 113

Cash donations and loans: $ 3,020

In-Kind (trade) donations: $ 100

Business donations: 0


Richard Fried, Challenger, Division 2

Richard Fried does not list a treasurer or campaign manager for his campaign, which is completely self-financed.

Treasurer: None listed

Campaign Manager: None listed

Total collected: $ 2454

Donations from Gulfport residents and businesses: 0

Percentage of money raised in Gulfport: 100%

Number of sensors: 1 (self-funded campaign)

Number of sensors from Gulfport: 1 (self-funded campaign)

Average donation: 0

Cash donations and loans: $ 2454

In-Kind (trade) donations: 0

Corporate donations: 0


Ian O’Hara, Challenger, Division 4

Treasurer: David Hastings

Campaign Manager: After committee

Total collected: $ 3808

Donations from Gulfport residents and businesses: $ 3693

Percentage of money raised in Gulfport: 95%

Number of sensors: 39

Number of sensors from Gulfport: 37

Average donation: $ 69.40

Cash donations and loans: $ 2607

In-Kind (trade) donations: $ 202

Corporate donations: $ 148

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