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Ballots mailed to military, overseas voters for municipal elections

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Pinellas County’s Supervisor of Elections Office mailed a total of 411 ballots to absent military and overseas voters Friday for the March 14 municipal elections. Ten municipalities are conducting elections March 14: cities of Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach and Madeira Beach, the towns of North Redington Beach and Redington Shores, and the cities of Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island (Districts 1 & 3 only). Absent military and overseas voters include all active-duty military, their…

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Deborah Clark sets tentative schedule for mail ballots in municipal elections

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark has set a tentative schedule for mail ballots in the March 14 municipal elections. Ballot mailings are tentatively planned for registered voters residing in: Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island. Mail ballots are tentatively scheduled to be sent Jan. 27 to absent military and overseas voters who have requested ballots by that date. State law requires…

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In nine Pinellas cities, some are re-elected, others face the voters next year

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Officials in 15 Pinellas cities are scheduled for a date with the ballot box in next March’s municipal elections. But, with qualifying closed in nine of those, some elected can relax because they have no opposition and are considered re-elected. Others weren’t so lucky. They’ll be facing the voters March 14. Here’s where the score card stands as of Friday. GULFPORT Two seats on the five-member council are up for grabs. In Ward 2, incumbent Christine Anne Brown is facing…

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Former Safety Harbor Mayor Joe Ayoub wants his old job back

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Joe Ayoub has launched a campaign for Mayor of Safety Harbor. Ayoub, a former Safety Harbor mayor and commission member, says he brings a record of balancing the budget, working with all sides to solve issues and a commonsense plan for managing progress while maintaining Safety Harbor’s small town charm. “It was an honor and privilege to serve as Safety Harbor’s Mayor in 2013 and previously as a commissioner for six years,” Ayoub said. “We accomplished a lot and I’m…

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Barack Obama signs short-term bill to fund government past election

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President Barack Obama has signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week. Lawmakers eager to leave town to campaign for re-election gave themselves breathing room by voting to continue existing spending levels for another 10 weeks, beyond the Nov. 8 election. Members of Congress will have to reach agreement on funding for the rest of the budget year when they meet in a lame-duck session after the election. The bill…

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House panel votes to allow state to set municipal election dates

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A House panel approved a bill Thursday morning that would reshape the timing and electorate of Florida’s local elections. The bill, PCB SAC 16-04, would preempt local authority to set the date of municipal elections, granting the ultimate say-so on when they are held to state lawmakers. Bill sponsor Rep. Matt Caldwell chairs the State Affairs Committee which passed the bill Thursday in its first stop along its way to a vote before the full House, after an hour of discussion. Debate focused on…

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Bill Dudley files for re-election for the St. Petersburg City Council

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The City of St. Petersburg’s next round of municipal elections isn’t scheduled for another 18 months, but incumbent Bill Dudley isn’t wasting any time waiting to launch his re–election campaign.  Dudley quiety filed for re–election with the City Clerk’s office on March 1.  First elected in 2007 after defeating Ed Montanari in an upset bid for the District 3 seat. Dudley’s tenure on the City Council may be best known not for anything Dudley himself has done, but for the fight that broke out after the City Council’s…

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