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Incumbents elected in Dunedin; tight races in Largo, Seminole

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Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski and commission member Heather Gracy were re-elected in Dunedin. In Largo, incumbent Curtis Holmes held a slim lead over challenger Neil McMullen. In a tight Seminole race, incumbents Thom Barnhorn and Jim Quinn held slender leads over challenger Tom Christy, who was making his seventh try for a seat on the council. The two top vote-getters will take office. Dunedin’s Bujalski was returned to office with about 57 percent of the vote to defeat vice…

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Service employees’ union endorses Charlie Justice, Carol Cook

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The Florida branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has endorsed candidates in Pinellas County elections. At the county level, Pinellas Commissioner Charlie Justice and School Board member Carol Cook, both running for re-election, received the union’s support. At the local level, Dunedin Mayor Julie Bujalski, who is seeking re-election, also received the union’s endorsement. The union also supports renewing the one-half mill ad valorem tax for school district operating expenses. And, at the state level, the SEIU has endorsed…

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Party, PAC money seeps into nonpartisan municipal races

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When candidates run for local nonpartisan offices — mayor, council member, or commissioner — they’re supposed to keep party politics out of the conversation. And, for the most part, that’s the way it is. But in some races this year, partisan money is helping finance local candidates. Take the City of Largo, for example, where incumbent Curtis Holmes is facing Neil McMullen in the race for Seat 3 on the city commission. McMullen is a descendant of one of Pinellas…

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Two Dunedin Commissioners in hot water over potential Sunshine Law violation

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Two Dunedin City Commissioners may be in very hot water over the recent events leading up to City Manager Rob DiSpirito’s abrupt resignation. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is launching an official investigation against Commissioner Heather Gracy and Vice Mayor Bruce Livingston for potential Sunshing Law violations. Gracy initiated an unexpected motion to fire DiSpirito at a meeting in early January. She said his leadership skills had become lacking and he was instead merely keeping with the city’s status quo.…

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Dunedin Vice Mayor Bruce Livingston to run for mayor

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Dunedin Vice Mayor Bruce Livingston is eyeing the next step. According to the Tampa Bay Times, he is running for mayor. The 30-year resident made the decision early in order to get the election conversation started. That election is in November. Livingston will host a campaign kickoff party at Bon Appetit in downtown Dunedin at 148 Marina Plaza. The March 7 event begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs through 7:30. Livingston reportedly wants to run a more positive campaign citing…

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