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Seminole mayor endorses in judicial, property appraiser races

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Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters issued endorsements in three races over the weekend.

Leslie Waters
Leslie Waters

Waters endorsed Dora Komninos and Myriam Irizarry who are running for seats on the bench. She also endorsed former state Rep. Jim Frishe for Pinellas County property appraiser.

“I endorse Dora Komninos for County Court judge of Group 8,” Waters said. “Her intensive experience prosecuting domestic violence cases would serve the citizens well with Dora on the bench.”

Komninos is an assistant state attorney who is facing Tampa lawyer Curtis “CK” Korsko. He also serves as a hearing officer for civil traffic offenses.

Waters praised Irizarry as being a trailblazer.

“Judge Myriam Irizarry has always been a trailblazer throughout her life beginning with a humble beginning in Puerto Rico, through college and law school, to adjunct college professor, to general council of the Pinellas County clerk’s office, to becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve as a judge in Pinellas County,” Waters said.

She added, “I hold Judge Irizarry in high regard, and will be voting for her so she may continue to blaze a trail for us all.”

Irizarry is running for re-election to County Court judge Group 9. She is facing a challenge from state Rep. Dwight Dudley.

Jim Frishe
Jim Frishe

In the race for Pinellas County property appraiser, Waters said she’ll be voting for Frishe.

“Jim Frishe is a long-time and loyal Republican dating back to his appointment by President Ronald Reagan as White House delegate to a NATO conference,” Waters said.

“Jim’s extensive experience as a state legislator, a businessman, community volunteer, and real estate broker will be very beneficial to the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s Office. I will be voting for Jim Frishe for property appraiser.”

Frishe is running against first-time candidate Mike Twitty, a real estate appraiser. The office is currently held by Pam Dubov who is retiring and entering the ministry.

The races for judicial and property appraiser’s offices are non-partisan. Anyone can vote for the candidates in the Aug. 30 election.

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