Everything you need to know about St. Pete’s municipal elections – the ‘early voting for the primary’ edition

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With ballots for the primary election on the street for about a week, here is everything you need to know about early voting in St. Petersburg’s 2011 municipal elections, updated with the latest information.

The Primary Election is August 30, 2011.

Those who live in District 1 are the only St. Petersburg residents who will vote in the Primary Election.  The run-off elections for District 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be held on November 8.  If you’re not sure which district you live in, you can find out at the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections page.

Election Debates:

August 16 – Hosted by the League of Women Voters – City Council Chambers; 7 pm

August 24 – Hosted by Pilgrim UCC Church – Central Avenue; 7 pm

Voting Guides and Endorsements:

The Pinellas Realtors Organization has endorsed Bill Dudley in District 3, Steve Kornell in District 5 and Gershom Faulkner in District 7.

The St. Petersburg Chamber PAC has endorsed all candidates EXCEPT Josh Shulman.

The Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association has endorsed Bob Kersteen in District 1 and Steve Kornell in District 5.

Bob Kersteen has been endorsed by State Senator Jack Latvala, former City of St. Petersburg Councilman Earnest Williams, Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock, former Pinellas County Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd, former City of St. Petersburg Council Person Connie Kone, Major General retired Bill Klein, Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano, Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler, Pinellas Park Vice Mayor Ed Taylor and Ingrid Comberg, CONA Member.

The West Central Florida Federation of Labor  unanimously endorsed Charlie Gerdes.

Candidate Info

District 1

Charlie Gerdes: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Bob Kersteen: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Josh Shulman: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Creative Loafing’s Mitch Perry offers this primer on the race for District 1.

District 3

Bill Dudley: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Brent Hatley: Website – Facebook – Twitter

District 5

Steve Kornell: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Bill Protz: Website – Facebook – Twitter

District 7

Gershom Faulkner: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Wengay Newton: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Thanks to Dave from ReCreating Tampa for the format.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.