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Dan Liedtke wins re-election in Gulfport Ward 1

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By a margin of fewer than 100 votes, Gulfport City Council member Dan Liedtke barely won re-election to his Ward 1 seat against April Thanos. Liedtke has served on City Council for four years and worked as a business and information technology consultant for the last 20 years. He’s held jobs in both the private and public sector. Liedtke won with 2,201 votes, or just under 51 percent, compared to Thanos, who earned 2,140 votes, a little over 49 percent. Although…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Gulfport municipal election

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All eyes will be on Florida and Ohio Tuesday as voters flock to the polls to make their choice for president in the Presidential Preference Primary. Locally, though, a lot of eyes will be trained on Gulfport where voters will decide whether or not to replace two incumbents. Mayor Sam Henderson and Ward 1 City Councilman Dan Liedtke are fighting to keep their seats in City Hall against formidable challengers. Both incumbents have been grossly outraised and are being challenged…

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Sam Henderson offers rides to the polls, gives out his phone number on Facebook

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Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson wants to make sure voters in his city can get to the polls next week to cast a ballot. Henderson posted his phone number on Facebook inviting them to give him a call if they need a ride. However, Henderson also encouraged voters to check out the Gulfport Extended Minibus Service, or GEMS. The service is available to Gulfport seniors and persons with disabilities. “If you don’t qualify for a GEMS ride, but need someone to…

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Gulfport challengers wind up campaigns with far more money than incumbents

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Gulfport candidates turned in their last campaign finance reports Friday before Tuesday’s election. As has been the case throughout the campaigns, challengers ended the fundraising battle far ahead of incumbents. Barbara Banno, who is challenging Mayor Sam Henderson, raised more than $27,000 as of March 10. That total includes nearly $3,000 raised between February 27 and March 10. Henderson raised just $50 during that same period bringing his total fundraising haul to just over $11,000. Meanwhile in the Ward 1 City…

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April Thanos fundraising totals soar beyond $13,000

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With the election just 11 days away, April Thanos is continuing her push to unseat Gulfport City Council member Dan Liedtke. Thanks, a Democrat, brought in nearly $2,000 during the latest round of fundraising between February 13th and 26th. Despite the race being non-partisan, Thanos is enjoying party money. The Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee gave Thanos her largest contribution this report with $500. The Stonewall Democrats contributed $250 and the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Progressive Political Committee donated $200. Eric Lynn, a…

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April Thanos grows fundraising gap over Dan Liedtke

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April Thanos is taking her bid for Gulfport City Council serious. The political newcomer loaned herself $3,000 in her bid to unseat incumbent Ward 1 councilman Dan Liedtke. On top of that loan, Thanos brought in $2,746 in contributions from a combination of Pinellas County residents, Gulfport residents and out-of-towners. Her biggest contribution came from the Florida Voters Fund political committee. That committee is affiliated with the company managing Thanos’ campaign. The Gulfport Democratic Club kicked in $300 and the…

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One Gulfport precinct is out-voting rest of city

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One Gulfport voting precinct is outperforming all the others in terms of early voter participation. More than 230 Gulfport voters had returned a mail ballot in Precinct 208 as of Wednesday afternoon. That’s more than any other Gulfport precinct by at least 150 depending on the precinct. The returned ballots represent total voter turnout of 9.52 percent in that precinct with a little over two weeks still left to return them. The disparity in turnout could be the potential result…

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