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Pinellas Property Appraiser candidate Mike Twitty glad to have support from “trifecta of constitutional officers”

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If you’re running for a county property appraiser post, who better to impress than your potential fellow constitutional officers?

Mike Twitty has a solid list of backers, but he made sure to take some time during his Wednesday evening fundraiser at Ferg’s to thank a few of the elected officials with whom he may end up working closest.

“I really appreciate having the support of what I [call] our trifecta of constitutional officers,” said Twitty to a considerable crowd of supporters.

The officers he was referring to were Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson, Clerk of Court Ken Burke, and outgoing Property Appraiser Pam Dubov — all of whom have endorsed the 48-year-old Republican and 25-year professional real estate appraiser.

“I really appreciate their support,” continued Twitty. “They understand that appraising 450,000 parcels of real estate and tangible personal property, every year, leading three offices with 130 people — where you’ve got everything from customer service to IT staff and obviously a lot of appraisers to appraise all those parcels every year — is a big task. And nobody knows that better than those three. So their endorsement means the world to me.”

Twitty is running against fellow Republican and former state Rep. Jim Frishe.

Twitty says he has considerably more experience in the appraisal field than Frishe.

“I understand this office. I know how important it is, and I want it to be in good hands moving forward,” added Twitty, a Pinellas County native, during his Ferg’s fundraiser. “I understand what kind of vital role it plays in the county dynamics and in keeping our level of services where they need to be.”

According to campaign literature, one of Twitty’s priorities involves protecting taxpayer dollars by, “identifying areas to cut spending and streamline the system to ensure the taxpayers’ dollars are used wisely, with full accountability.”

He’d also like to modernize the property appraiser office, in order “to increase efficiency and provide taxpayers with greater access to the information they need.”

The Republican primary is August 30. The General Election is November 8.

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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