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Nick DiCeglie releases host committee for Oct. 12 fundraiser

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Republican Nick DiCeglie is holding a fundraiser next week to get his House District 66 campaign off the ground, and Tuesday he released a host committee showing dozens of local officials who will come to show their support.

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Nick DiCeglie to kickoff campaign on Oct. 12

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A kickoff fundraiser for Republican Nick DiCeglie’s bid for House District 66 will be held Oct. 12 in Bellair, his campaign announced Thursday.

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Respected Republican leader Nick DiCeglie announces HD 66 run

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Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman Nick DiCeglie says he’s entering the 2018 race for House District 66. DiCeglie, who announced his candidacy in a Tuesday press release, joins Berny Jacques in the GOP primary for the western Pinellas County seat, which covers Clearwater, Indian Shores and Largo. The current HD 66 officeholder – state Rep. Larry Ahern, a Seminole Republican – is term-limited next year.

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If David Jolly runs again in 2018, would rank-and-file Republicans support him?

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Unless you’ve been boycotting cable news, former Pinellas County GOP Congressman David Jolly has been a ubiquitous presence, thanks to his unflinching takedowns on Donald Trump, the titular head of the Republican Party. “Donald Trump is done,” Jolly opined on “11th Hour with Brian Williams” last month after the Justice Department named Robert Mueller as the special counsel to oversee the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. While that independence from GOP orthodoxy makes the former lawmaker a desired quantity on MSNBC and CNN, the feelings among some rock-ribbed Republicans toward him…

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Justin Bean top fundraiser in St. Pete City Council District 6 field with $12K haul for April

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St. Petersburg District 6 City Council hopeful Justin Bean is reporting more than $12,000 in campaign contributions since he entered the contest last month, by far the most raised of anyone in the eight person field. In fact, the $12,000 is more than what any of the other candidates have raised overall this year, with Corey Givens second with $9,304. Among those contributing to Bean, a registered Republican, were Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman Nick DiCeglie, who chipped in $500.…

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HD 66 hopeful Berny Jacques starts strong, raises nearly $30K in March

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Berny Jacques raised $29,740 in March, the first month of fundraising after launching a 2018 bid for Pinellas County’s House District 66. Contributors to the former Pinellas County Assistant State Attorney’s campaign include former Jeb Bush staffer Slater Bayliss, GOP fundraiser Brent Sembler, local Republican heavyweight Jim Holton, Tampa Chamber of Commerce Chair Mike Griffin and Fritz Brogan, former Executive Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Rick Scott. Jacques also picked up an endorsement from another local Pinellas County official,…

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Jacob Smith says intensity of electorate will help Rick Kriseman win re-election

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Rick Kriseman will make his case re-election this year, mostly based upon the progress St. Petersburg has made since his inauguration as mayor in January 2014. “We came in with a lot of really big, sort of thorny projects, and the mayor has taken a lot of them by the horns and made them happen,” says Jacob Smith, Kriseman’s newly minted campaign manager. Among those “thorny” projects are a pathway toward a new Pier, the upcoming groundbreaking for a new police station and what…

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