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Mike Twitty defeats Jim Frishe in Pinellas property appraiser’s race

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Political newcomer Mike Twitty easily defeated political veteran Jim Frishe to take the Republican nomination for Pinellas property appraiser.

Twitty took the lead in early voting and never looked back. In unofficial results, he trounced Frishe with about 60 percent of the vote.

In beating Frishe, it’s likely Twitty will be the next Pinellas property appraiser. He faces write-in candidate Joseph John Catalano in the Nov. 8 general election. But it’s unlikely Catalano will be able to prevail.

“I am humbled by the confidence the voters have shown in me. I look forward to serving our community in appraiser’s office,” Twitty said of his victory Tuesday night.

Twitty, who was born in St. Petersburg and raised in the Seminole/Largo area, campaigned heavily on his experience and qualifications. Twitty said his professional life was defined by his appraisal career, which included 26 years as a real estate appraiser and 23 as principal and vice president of the commercial and residential appraisal firm Entreken Associates Inc.

Endorsing Twitty was outgoing Pinellas appraiser Pam Dubov, who is retiring to enter the ministry, Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke, Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson and state Sen. Jeff Brandes.

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