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Horse race begins for Pinellas Sheriff, property appraiser

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Voters will have a choice of candidates for Pinellas County Sheriff and property appraiser on Nov. 8 with three candidates running for each of the seats.

Other candidates for Pinellas’ constitutional offices drew no opponents. Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark and Clerk of Court Ken Burke, both Republicans, were re-elected without opposition. First-time candidate Charles W. Thomas, also a Republican, will be Pinellas’ new tax collector. He will replace Republican Diane Nelson, who is retiring.

In the sheriff’s race, incumbent Republican Bob Gualtieri will face James McLynas, who has no party affiliation, and last-minute write-in candidate Greg S. Pound. Republican Josh Black had announced he would run against Gualtieri but failed to qualify, according to the elections supervisor’s website. Democrat Paul Congemi had also announced he would run for sheriff, but his campaign never took off.

In the race for Pinellas property appraiser, Republicans Jim Frishe and Mike Twitty will face write-in candidate Joseph John Catalano. The winner will replace Pam Dubov who is not seeking re-election.

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