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Pinellas Commissioner Pat Gerard files for re-election

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Pat Gerard, whose 2014 victory made the Pinellas County Commission majority Democratic for the first time in decadess, announced Monday she will run for re-election to her countywide District 2 seat in 2018.

“I’m excited about the progress we’ve made for Pinellas County,” Gerard said in a statement. “I want to continue that work to make our beautiful community the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Before running for the Pinellas Commission, Gerard served three terms as Largo mayor, and two terms as a Largo Commissioner.

“In three short years, our county has begun to really work as one team pulling in the same direction, but I know we can still do more,” Gerard said. “I am running for re-election because it’s been an honor to serve the residents of Pinellas County and I want to continue working with them to build on our successes.”

Gerard defeated Republican Ed Hooper in 2014 in what was at times a combative race.  Her campaign manager was and remains Tom Alte, who created his political consulting firm, Blue Ticket Consulting, in the immediate aftermath of her victory.

Clearwater City Commissioner Republican Doreen Caudell has filed to challenge Gerard.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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