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Rene Flowers, Frank Peterman endorse Corey Givens Jr. for St. Pete City Council

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Corey Givens Jr. has earned endorsements of two former St. Petersburg City Council members in his bid for District 6 on the St. Pete Council. Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers and former Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Rev. Frank Peterman are both backing Givens in his second run for public office. According to a statement released Thursday, Givens thanked Flowers for her support. Flowers defeated Givens in 2012 for the County School Board District 7…

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Pinellas County politico John Morroni to step down in 2018

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Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni announced Tuesday he would be vacating his seat next year, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The 25-year veteran politician served roughly 18 years on the Commission and, before that, another seven in Florida’s House of Representatives. Morroni said he would not be a candidate for a fifth term on the board, wrote the Times. Twice elected as a state lawmaker, Morroni served from 1992-2000. From 1993-1994 he was the chair of the Pinellas County Legislative…

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Guido Maniscalco bests Jackie Toledo to win contentious Tampa City Council race

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After an increasingly contentious runoff election, Democrat Guido Maniscalco narrowly defeated Republican Jackie Toledo Tuesday to represent the formerly nonpartisan District 6 on the Tampa City Council. Maniscalco, a 30-year-old West Tampa jeweler, took a late lead over Toledo, a civil engineer at CPH Engineers in Tampa, by less than two percentage points — 51 to 49 percent. Just 142 votes separated the two. With all 29 precincts reporting, 7,172 ballots were cast, a turnout of 14 percent. According to the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections website, there are 51,964 registered voters…

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