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Four candidates running for two seats on Seminole City Council

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Seminole City Council members Roger Edelman and Bob Matthews are facing challengers in their 2017 re-election campaigns.

Edelman’s and Matthew’s seats on the seven-member council are the only ones set for the ballot this year. Since the city uses open seats, rather than districts, the two candidates with the most votes in the Nov. 7 election will sit on the Council.

The two-week qualifying period for the race ended Monday. To get on the ballot, candidates either had to collect 40 petition signatures and pay $97 in fees, or skip the signatures and pay $182 in fees.

Joining the two incumbents in the race are Tom Christy, who has run for a council seat eight times, and Joseph Pacelli, who is making his first run.

Christy’s most recent run was last year, when he got nearly a third of the vote and came within 29 votes of unseating council member Jim Quinn. In the 2015 election, he took just 11 percent of the vote in a six-way race carried by Chris Burke and Trish Springer.

Matthews has served on the council since 1990, while Edelman is currently finishing up his first term.

Seminole City Council members serve 3 year terms and are paid $8,200 a year. The council is responsible for setting policy and passing the city budget, while the city manager is responsible for the everyday operation of the municipality.

The Pinellas County general election will be held Nov. 7. To participate in the election, county residents must be registered to vote by Oct. 10. Those looking to vote by mail must send their ballot back to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office by Nov. 1.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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