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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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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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Charlie Justice, Mike Mikurak clash over sewage

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The two candidates for the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County Commission spent the last forum before the election as they have spent the campaign — wrangling over leadership. Democratic incumbent Charlie Justice says he has displayed leadership during his term on the commission. The commission, he says, was a “mess” when he took office four years ago: Commissioners were fighting with each other, with the mayors, with fire districts and with cities across the bay. “It was not a…

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Jennifer Webb holds town hall meeting on small business, environment

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Jennifer Webb, the Democratic candidate for Florida House District 69, plans to discuss environmental concerns and issues facing small businesses at a town hall meeting Tuesday. The 6 p.m. event, hosted by Mary Ann and Gary Renfrow, will kick off at 6 p.m. with a casual meet-and-greet followed by the discussion. The event will be at the Cabana Beach Bar, Alden Suites, 5900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Appetizers and nonalcoholic drinks will be provided. A cash bar will be available…

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Charlie Justice says Pinellas commission was “a mess” four years ago

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Charlie Justice has released his second video ad, just a week after his first one. As he did in his first commercial, Justice says he wants Pinellas County to be a place his two daughters “would choose to call home.” Justice also took time to look back four years ago, when he first ran for the commission, and compare it to the current political situation: “Four years ago, our county commission was a mess. Removing fluoride from our water was…

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Mike Mikurak video ad brands Charlie Justice ‘a career politician’

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Mike Mikurak, a Republican running for the Pinellas County Commission, has released a video ad that accuses Democratic opponent Charlie Justice of being a career politician who is “dishonoring the peoples’ business.” It’s a theme that Mikurak has repeatedly pounded during the campaign: that of businessman vs. career politician. In the 31-second ad, Mikurak says: “For most of my life, I worked around the world giving businesses and governments the chance to succeed through innovation, hard work and by doing…

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In first campaign commercial, Charlie Justice goes “positive”

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Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice provided a sneak peek at his first commercial on Friday. The 30-second spot, titled “Born Here,” shows Justice, his wife and daughters on the beach, wading in the water, tossing a disc and walking hand-in-hand on the sand. Shots of Justice at work during a commission meeting are interspersed on top of the beach scenes. The ad, Justice said, goes against the trend of many other campaigns that are sending “negative” messages by going “positive”…

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