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More endorsements come rolling in for Darden Rice’s re-election

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice is announcing an extended list of new endorsements Thursday for her District 4 re-election bid. As a popular first-term Council member and longtime civic activist, Rice enjoys a wellspring of support from elected officials, colleagues and well-wishers on both the local and state levels. The growing list of endorsements includes several prominent local elected officials: State Sen. Darryl Rouson, State Reps. Ben Diamond and Wengay Newton, as well as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman,…

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Pinellas Commissioner Pat Gerard files for re-election

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Pat Gerard, whose 2014 victory made the Pinellas County Commission majority Democratic for the first time in decadess, announced Monday she will run for re-election to her countywide District 2 seat in 2018. “I’m excited about the progress we’ve made for Pinellas County,” Gerard said in a statement. “I want to continue that work to make our beautiful community the best place to live, work and raise a family.” Before running for the Pinellas Commission, Gerard served three terms as…

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Ed Hooper to host major Tarpon Springs fundraiser Wednesday

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Ed Hooper, the former Republican State Representative and Clearwater City Commissioner, will be featured at a high-profile fundraiser Wednesday in his bid for Florida Senate. Hooper is seeking to succeed term-limited Jack Latvala in Senate District 16, which covers much of north Pinellas County. A reception will begin 5 PM at Mugs ‘N Jugs, 40737 U.S. Highway 19 N. in Tarpon Springs. Hosts of the event, which currently number about 70 influential Tampa Bay-area political leaders, include Brian Aungst Jr.,…

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This fundraising invitation from Ed Hooper has me worried

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Late last month, former state Sen. John Legg announced that he would not attempt to return to the Legislature in 2018. Had he run, Legg’s best path to victory was thought to be through north Pinellas’ Senate District 16, where incumbent Jack Latvala is term-limited from running again. The person who benefits the most from Legg not running is former state Rep. Ed Hooper who, even if Legg was in the race, is the early front-runner to replace Latvala. Hooper was in…

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David Jolly presents flag at Ray Neri’s memorial service

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Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly on Wednesday presented an American flag to Laura Neri, the widow of community activist Ray Neri, who died Jan. 3. The flag was one that U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis had had flown over the Capitol especially for Mrs. Neri. “Ray Neri was a special person,” Jolly said. “Ray touched peoples’ lives.” Jolly was only one of many of Pinellas’ political leaders who came to Neri’s memorial service. Others included Pinellas County commissioners  Pat Gerard, Karen…

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Woody Brown, Jamie Robinson re-elected in Largo

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Mayor Woody Brown and Commissioner Jamie Robinson were re-elected to the Largo City Commission when no one showed up to run against them by the closing of qualifying Friday. Largo voters will have a chance to go to the polls to choose between Curtis Holmes and Neil McMullen who are running for Seat 3. “I’m happy,” Brown said Monday. Not having an opponent, Brown said, means he can focus on what’s happening in the city and the commission’s projects. This…

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High-speed ferry between St. Petersburg and Tampa is a go

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With a 5 to 1 vote, Pinellas County on Tuesday became the fourth governmental body to collaborate on the launching of a high-speed ferry between Tampa and St. Petersburg. The vote cements a deal among St. Petersburg, Tampa and Hillsborough County to link the two counties by a high-speed ferry. The lone holdout was Commissioner Dave Eggers who has opposed the proposal from the beginning. Among Eggers’ objections are a lack of market research on the viability of the project…

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