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Gulfport Chamber plans meet-the-candidates event

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The Greater Gulfport Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a Meet the Candidates event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S. in Gulfport.

The event is free and open to the public.

Charlie Justice, Wengay Newton, Jennifer Webb, Matt Stewart, and Joanne Lentino have already agreed to appear, Chamber officials said.

Democrat Justice is seeking re-election to the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County Commission. Justice is being challenged by retired businessman Mike Mikurak, a Republican. Mikurak is making his first run for public office. The seat is voted on countywide.

Newton, a Democrat, is a former St. Petersburg City Council member running for the state House District 70 seat against Republican Cori Fournier. There is no incumbent in the race.

Webb, another Democrat, is challenging Republican Kathleen Peters for the HD 69 seat. Webb is director of community engagement at the University of South Florida. She is making her first run for public office.

Stewart, a a deputy director for the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, is facing Lentino, a recently retired Pinellas County teacher, in a runoff for the District 1 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. Both are first-time candidates. The non-partisan race is voted on countywide.

Voters have until 5 p.m. Oct. 18 to register for the Nov. 8 General Election. All three Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Offices will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will also be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Election Ambassadors will be available at each Pinellas County Tax Collector Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday to help anyone needing to register to vote, update their voter registration information or make a mail ballot request.

Voters can request a mail-in ballot by submitting a mail ballot request form on the supervisor’s website, calling 727-464-VOTE (8683), emailing, or writing the supervisor of elections Office.

Early voting begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 6. The General Election is Nov. 8.

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