County Commission candidates make the last-minute rounds in north Pinellas

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County Commission candidates are making rounds trying to scoop up last minute votes.

Republican Johnny Johnson is popping in and out of polling places in the north Pinellas district he hopes to represent.

The response, he says, has been very positive.

“A lot of the people I see are actually parents of patients or former patients and they’ve been telling other people about me,” Johnson said. “It’s been very positive.”

Johnson and his supporters are talking to voters as they hit the polls. He said some have questions, but most seem to have already made up their minds.

One of Johnson’s opponents in the primary, former State Representative Peter Nehr, is also hitting the polls.

“[I’m] feeling very confident that voters in my commission districts would rather vote for a conservative candidate who believes in lower taxes than those who want to add $100,000,000 in new taxes to their already high tax burden,” Nehr wrote in an email. “I predict victory.”

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email