It’s the first day of qualifying for the upcoming elections and several candidates for Pinellas’ constitutional offices have pre-qualified. Three have no opposition, so far.
Ken Burke, who’s running for re-election to the clerk of court’s office, and Deborah Clark, seeking re-election as the supervisor of elections, have both pre-qualified. So has Charles Thomas, a first-time candidate who’s seeking to replace his boss, Diane Nelson, who is retiring as Pinellas County tax collector. All three Republicans are unopposed thus far.
Also pre-qualified are Mike Twitty and Joseph John Catalano who are running for property appraiser, a job currently held by Pam Dubov, who is not seeking re-election. Jim Frishe, a former state representative, is also seeking the seat but he has not qualified yet. Twitty and Frishe are Republicans. Catalano is running as a write-in candidate.
So far, none of the announced candidates for sheriff have qualified. Incumbent Bob Gualtieri has three possible opponents so far – Josh Black and James McLynas, both Republicans, and Paul Congemi, a Democrat, who is listed as inactive on the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website.