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Kathleen Peters fundraiser tonight for Pinellas Commission campaign

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South Pasadena Republican Rep. Kathleen Peters will hold a fundraiser Aug. 7 for her Pinellas County Commission campaign, and the host committee includes some of the top names in Bay area politics.

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John Morroni backs Justin Bean for St. Pete Council District 6

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John Morroni is endorsing businessman Justin Bean in the St. Petersburg District City Council race. “Justin Bean is absolutely the right person to represent the residents of District 6,” Morroni, a longtime Pinellas County GOP commissioner, said in a statement Tuesday from the Bean campaign. “He is open, fair-minded and focused on making sure everyone benefits when St. Petersburg succeeds.  I am excited to endorse his candidacy.”

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Barb Haselden: Reject Penny for Pinellas unless it all goes to infrastructure

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When the St. Petersburg City Council sent the Pinellas County Commission a breakdown of Penny for Pinellas projects, they listed $15 million for affordable housing. Although the funds from the one-cent county sales tax — set for voter reapproval this year — were described by some officials as a “drop in the bucket,” it would give Council members some options to deal with the increasing problem of developers eating up more properties, especially in the downtown area. However, not everyone…

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City Council candidate Barclay Harless talks ‘big ticket’ plans

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Rick Baker‘s entrance into the mayoral race may have sucked up a lot of the public attention in St. Petersburg’s political atmosphere this spring. However, there an interesting race is emerging between two capable candidates in St. Petersburg City Council District 2. Realtor Brandi Gabbard and banker Barclay Harless are vying to succeed a term-limited Jim Kennedy later this year. Although Harless holds a fundraising lead, Gabbard actually raised more campaign cash in April. At Central Avenue’s Oyster Bar Thursday night, friends of Harless…

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Citing ‘assault on home rule,’ Kathleen Peters to run for Pinellas County Commission

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Citing Tallahassee’s battle against home rule, Treasure Island Republican Kathleen Peters has decided against a fourth term in the Florida House, opting instead to seek the District 6 seat on the Pinellas County Commission. In March, District 6 Commissioner John Morroni announced he will retire after his term expires in 2018. “After the legislature launched an all-out assault on local government and home rule this year,” Peters said in a statement. “I found myself reflecting on my community priorities and where…

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Government critic Barb Haselden now seeking seat on Pinellas Commission

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Barbara Haselden, a St. Petersburg insurance executive and prominent opponent of the 2014 Greenlight Pinellas transit tax referendum, is running for the Pinellas County Commission. Haselden has her eyes on the District 6 seat being vacated by a retiring John Morroni. Haselden was the leader of No Tax for Tracks, the citizen-driven group formed to oppose Greenlight Pinellas, the referendum which asked for a penny increase in the sales tax to pay for expanded bus service and a 24-mile light rail system linking St. Petersburg…

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Term-limited, Larry Ahern files to run for Pinellas County Commission

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Larry Ahern has one more year left before he’s term limited out of his District 66 seat in the Florida House of Representatives, but he’s already thinking about the future. The Seminole Republican filed to run for the District 6 seat on the Pinellas County Commission which is being vacated next year with the announced retirement of longtime incumbent John Morroni. Ahern has lived in Pinellas County since 1978, where he started his own swimming pool service and retail business, which…

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