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Down-ballot races throughout Florida provided some interesting results as well

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With so many high-profile races going on in Florida, other contests were on the ballot, but under the radar. Florida Politics pointed out 10 of those down-ballot races to watch with backgrounds on each. While not as momentous as Donald Trump winning Florida, these races were interesting in their own right. Miami-Dade County Mayor Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez went from a confident incumbent to someone battling to keep his job. He and many others thought he could win another term on Aug. 30. In the end,…

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Charlie Justice wins second term on Pinellas County Commission

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Democrat Charlie Justice faced down a challenge from first-time candidate Mike Mikurak to win a second term on the Pinellas County Commission. Justice took the lead early in the evening with about 53. 5 percent of the vote and never looked back. Voters were treated to two distinctly different styles in the race for the District 3 seat, which was voted on countywide. Republican Mikurak, who was making his first run for public office, was on the attack early on…

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Mike Mikurak’s donations to his campaign fatten his fundraising balance

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Mike Mikurak’s fundraising total far outweighs the amount raised by incumbent Charlie Justice. The two are battling it out for the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County Commission. The District 3 seat is at large and voted on countywide. Mikurak, a retired businessman, has deposited a total of $156,352 in his campaign account; Justice, $105,928. But a sizable portion of Mikurak’s total came out of his own pocket. As of mid-October, Mikurak had given about $42,700 in cash and…

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More than just the presidency: 10 down ballot races to watch on Election Day

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Presidential races get all the attention, but it’s the folks down ballot that make the real decisions. In the Sunshine State, there’s no shortage of high intensity — and sometimes high drama — battles for office. And we aren’t talking about the races for state House and Senate. There have been allegations of election fraud in a mayor’s race, dirty tricks in a superintendent battle, and fights over genetically modified mosquitoes. Here are 10 down ballot races and referendums we think you…

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Direct mail round-up: Charlie Justice urges voters to make their ways down-ballot

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Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice has dropped two mail pieces as the election winds down to its final days. One urges voters to “vote down ballot.” The other, on some of his endorsements and “the issues that matter.” Justice, a Democrat, is facing retired businessman Mike Mikurak, a Republican, in the race for the District 3 seat on the county commission. District 3 is voted on countywide. Even though the mailers are a bit different, they repeat Justice’s campaign themes:…

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Charlie Justice stands by his vote to do what the people in Safety Harbor wanted

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During his campaign for re-election, Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice has heard some of the same charges over and over from opponent Mike Mikurak. Two of the most frequently repeated comments have to do with a unanimous vote by the County Commission to refuse a developer’s request to rezone land in Safety Harbor. The developer sued and a judge entered a $16.5 million judgment against the county. The other has to do with St. Petersburg’s dumping millions of gallons of…

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Mike Mikurak mailer portrays Charlie Justice as arrogant spendthrift

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Mike Mikurak has stepped up his attack against Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice in a campaign mailer that accuses Justice of raising taxes and wasting money. Mikurak, a Republican is seeking to unseat Justice, a Democrat, who is running for his second term in the District 3 seat on the County Commission. District 3 is voted countywide. The main thrust of the mailer is a $16.5 million judgment that hit the county in June. The ruling arose from a 2012…

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