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Republican Pinellas Tax Collector candidate to hold fundraiser Wednesday

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Charles Thomas has scheduled a fundraiser for his bid to be Pinellas County’s next tax collector.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marina Cantina, 45 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach. If you want to go, you need to RSVP by contacting or (727) 201-5456.

The list of hosts for the event reads like a Who’s Who of the Pinellas Republican Party. The hosts include state Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes; state Reps. Chris Latvala and Chris Sprowls; former state Rep. Kim Berfield; Sheriff Bob Gualtieri; county Commissioner John Morroni; State Attorney Bernie McCabe; Public Defender Bob Dillinger; and Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters.

Thus far, Thomas is the only one in the race for tax collector. According to the most recent filing, he’s garnered $30,000 for his war chest.

Thomas, who has served as Pinellas’ chief deputy tax collector since 2000, announced his candidacy in April after his boss, Diane Nelson, announced her retirement. Before working for Pinellas, he was the program manager for Gordon-Darby, Inc. where he was responsible for the operation of 11 locations that generated $14 million in annual revenue. He was also responsible for maintaining the company’s $5 million annual budget and served as the organizations’ government relations’ liaison.

Thomas is married, has two children and one grandchild.

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