Incumbent Ken Welch holding tight to strong lead in bid for re-election

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Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch is holding tight to a strong lead in his bid for re-election. Yet, that has not slowed the Commissioner down one bit — still campaigning as vigorously as the rest and using his “proven leadership” as a strong platform as he continues with his grassroots strategies.

SaintPetersBlog contributor Daphne Taylor Street had a chance to ask Welch what he thinks about the campaign trail right now. Here is what he had to say:

DS: How’s the campaign going?

KW: We’re excited about our campaign and the community’s response to my record of leadership, and our shared vision for a better Pinellas County. We were pleased to qualify by petition, and win the Democratic Primary with 69% of the vote, without losing a single precinct. We’ve also garnered bipartisan support from elected officials, community, business and faith based leaders, and several organizations including our firefighters, realtors, labor and the Tampa Bay Times.

DS: What do you expect to happen between now and Election Day?

KW: Although many voters have already cast their vote by mail, we will continue to speak to the voters about my record of proven leadership, and my approach to addressing the challenges before us.

DS: Any surprises in store?

KW: If I told you, it wouldn’t be a surprise!

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