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Oldsmar City Council picks Al Braithwaite for city manager

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The Oldsmar City Council ended a year-long search for its next city manager after selecting Al Braithwaite with a unanimous vote Thursday.

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Oldsmar elected officials all line up behind Ed Hooper in Senate race

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Ed Hooper has now received the endorsement of every Oldsmar city elected official in his bid for Florida Senate. Hooper, a retired fire Lieutenant who served on the Clearwater City Council before spending eight years in the Florida House, is seeking to replace term-limited Clearwater Sen. Jack Latvala in 2018.

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Darden Rice named outstanding ‘green’ elected official

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St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice has been named the outstanding green elected official by the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region. The nonprofit organization’s seventh annual LEEDership Awards celebration earlier this month recognized and honored outstanding projects, businesses, volunteers and individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in the Florida Gulf Coast community. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes…

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Candidate forum for Oldsmar races scheduled for Tuesday

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Four candidates in two Oldsmar city elections will square off at a candidate forum Tuesday night. The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event along with the city of Oldsmar. Candidates include Seat 2 incumbent Dan Saracki and his challenger, Dan Belcher. Saracki also heads the city’s bicentennial planning committee. Belcher is a political newcomer, but has strong résumé including community involvement in youth sports. Belcher is seeking to unseat Saracki with promises of surging energy on…

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Incumbents rule the day in eight Pinellas municipal races

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It was all about the incumbents Tuesday during a quiet municipal election in eight Pinellas cities. Voters hit the ballot boxes in beach communities, a couple of North County towns and Kenneth City. The most hotly contested races came out of Kenneth City, where a bunch of flamingos made some waves. The flock of flamingos popped up with signs dangling from their necks supporting a candidate. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the flamingos were removed by police because they didn’t…

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Voting-by-mail becoming the clear choice of Pinellas voters in municipal elections

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is right. Opponents of early voting, such as the St. Petersburg Times, are wrong. When it comes to voting-by-mail, the issue is as simple as that. Two years worth of elections clearly show that voters prefer early voting and voting-by-mail, at least as voter turnout is concerned. I’ve taken a look at the 2009 and 2010 municipal elections and the data clearly indicates that Pinellas voters have not only accepted the concept of…

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Must-read story: Signature gathering may have run afoul of federal election laws

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Two young men popped out of a van, and sidled up to people waiting outside the polling place at the Gull Aire Village clubhouse Tuesday morning in Oldsmar. We’re students from the Pinellas vocational center. Would you mind signing a petition to put Beverly Biliris on the ballot this year? Matter of fact, Chris Latvala said he would mind. His stepmother is Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala, the fellow Republican who Billiris is running to unseat this year. Undeterred, the…

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