Catching up with County Commission candidate Charlie Justice

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More on Pinellas County Commission’s contentious District 3 election, SaintPetersBlog contributor Daphne Taylor Street got with Democrat Charlie Justice to ask him about his campaign to date.

Justice has spent the last three terms in the Florida House and one in the Senate before experiencing a big loss in 2010 to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Now, Justice is going up against Pinellas County Commission incumbent Republican Nancy Bostock with a slight lead in a very close race to the finish. St. Pete Poll results: Justice 46.3%, Bostock 43.6% with 10.2% undecided.

Here is what Charlie Justice had to say about his campaign:

DS: How’s the campaign going?

CJ: The campaign is going incredibly well. Our walkers are hitting thousands of doors; our phone bankers are hard at work; mail is hitting countless homes. And, our latest radio spot is a lot of fun.  We’re proud to have the endorsements of the Pinellas Realtors Organization, the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, the Upper Pinellas County Dental Association, Pinellas County Dental Association, Pinellas County Dental Hygiene Association, the Community Dental Clinic, the Pinellas County Medical Association, AFL-CIO, and Equality Florida.

DS: What do you expect to happen between now and Election Day?

CJ: Sadly, I expect more negative ads from the other side.  We are hearing negative, misleading ads from them that distort my record. We will continue to stay on message: how we need better decision making on our County Commission to ensure that Pinellas has strong neighborhoods, supported local businesses and smarter, more effective government.

We only have one or two more forums left and it is all-out grassroots politics. We will be everywhere we can be to talk to our neighbors about creating a better tomorrow for Pinellas.

DS: Any surprises in store?

CJ: What’s the old saying? Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

This campaign has been a great experience for us. I have met so many new folks and supporters and I am looking forward to working with them as our County Commissioner.

Then again, if I told you, it wouldn’t be a surprise – would it? See you all on the 6th.

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