Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice has dropped two mail pieces as the election winds down to its final days.
One urges voters to “vote down ballot.” The other, on some of his endorsements and “the issues that matter.”
Justice, a Democrat, is facing retired businessman Mike Mikurak, a Republican, in the race for the District 3 seat on the county commission. District 3 is voted on countywide.
Even though the mailers are a bit different, they repeat Justice’s campaign themes: The county is doing better than before he was first elected four years ago. And, there’s still work to be done.
“While the presidential election gets far more attention, it’s the race for Pinellas County Commission that will more directly impact your everyday life,” the down ballot mailer says.
It adds, “Remember when they took fluoride out of the water? Charlie Justice is running for re-election and needs your vote. The fluoride is back in the water — Thanks Charlie! — but there are plenty more challenges to deal with, like making sure we investin infrastructure to attract and grow new businesses.
“That way, you can have career choices instead of just a job. That you have transportation options besides a car. That we deal with climate change like adults, instead of denying what’s happening.
“That’s the difference your vote can make, but only if you vote down ballot. Make it really count by voting to re-elect Charlie Justice to the Pinellas County Commission.”
The other mailer is headlined: “Getting the important work done!” And “Focusing on the issue that matter.”
Justice says he was praised by the Florida Realtors, the Sierra Club and the Florida Police Benevolent Association.
It lists some accomplishments:
“Charlie helped secure a $1 million highway beautification grant for our county. He’s working to use our hard-earned dollars efficientlyand effectively!”
“Pinellas County saw no millage increases under Charlie’s leadership. He also helped Pinellas get to the lowest debt ratio of any Florida county.”
“Charlie led the charge to ban fracking in our county and keep Tampa Bay clean.”
It concludes: “Call Charlie and thank him for putting Pinellas County first!”
The final day of early voting is Sunday. The election is Tuesday.