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Ed Hooper nabs Mike Fasano endorsement for SD 16

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Ed Hooper, in his bid to return to Tallahassee, picked up a major endorsement Wednesday from Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano. Fasano, a former Republican state lawmaker, has been a longtime political force in West Pasco County. Hooper, who served in the House from 2006 to 2014, is running in Senate District 16, covering parts of Pinellas and Pasco counties.

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Oldsmar elected officials all line up behind Ed Hooper in Senate race

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Ed Hooper has now received the endorsement of every Oldsmar city elected official in his bid for Florida Senate. Hooper, a retired fire Lieutenant who served on the Clearwater City Council before spending eight years in the Florida House, is seeking to replace term-limited Clearwater Sen. Jack Latvala in 2018.

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Pinellas Commission candidate offers transportation solution to enhance tourism

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First-time candidate Martin Hughes says he’s running against incumbent Janet Long because he believes the time for change has come. His campaign theme, he said, can be summarized as “a change we need, a voice we deserve.” Hughes said that, if elected, he would focus more on government accountability and transparency. He also wants an environment that’s more conducive to providing jobs and more outreach to residents. “My vision for the county is I want to represent everyone,” Hughes said.…

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Jay Polgaze spends $10,000 more than his opponent in less than two weeks

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Clearwater City Council member Jay Polgaze continues to trounce his opponent in his re-election bid. Polgaze has brought in more than $22,000 in campaign contributions as of February 12th. His challenger, Robert Cundiff, has raised just $4,329 and much of that has come from self-loans. Polgaze raised $6,300 from February 1st through February 12th. He raked in several high-dollar contributions including $500 from Clearwater Chamber of Commerce head Brian Aungst Jr. and $500 from his dad, former Clearwater Mayor Brian…

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Jay Polgaze re-election fundraiser set for Feb. 8

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Clearwater City Council member Jay Polgaze is hosting a re-election fundraiser Monday, February 8 from 5:30 to 7:00 at Island Way Grill on Clearwater Beach. Polgaze is the only incumbent up for re-election this year to have drawn a challenger in the March election. In an invitation sent to potential supporters, Clearwater Chamber of Commerce chair Brian Aungst Jr. urged voters to offer their support. “As you know, Jay is a veteran and a member of the Clearwater community since 1969,”…

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Jay Polgaze lands commanding fundraising lead in sole Clearwater council seat challenge

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Clearwater City Councilman Jay Polgaze is far out-fundraising the challenger in his re-election bid for seat 3. Polgaze has raised more than $13,000 compared to his opponent’s $1,070. Challenger Robert Cundiff brought in most of his contributions, $770, in December, the most recent campaign finance reporting period. He’s spent about $300. Most went to Slate Strategies for an online contribution platform, reports filed with the Clearwater City Clerk indicate. Contributions came from a $300 loan to himself and a $300…

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Clearwater Vice Mayor Jay Polglaze touts past accomplishments, plans for re-election

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Clearwater Vice Mayor Jay Polglaze definitely has plenty left in the tank. “My passion is greater today than it was four years ago,” Polglaze told a crowd of supporters on hand for a fundraiser at Clearwater Beach’s Sheraton Sand Key Resort early last month. The 58-year-old Republican and 40-plus-year resident of the Clearwater-Largo area is running again for Clearwater City Council’s Seat 3, a post he’s held since 2012, after having run unopposed. “I think we’ve made some great strides…

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