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Gina Driscoll looks to parlay key endorsement into campaign success

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Candidates for the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council seat gathered for a meet-and-greet opportunity Monday night at the Coquina Key Clubhouse in Coquina Key, the island in the southeastern part of the district. It was a relatively low-key affair, with candidates given a minute before and after the event to interact with members of the community; many confessed beforehand they knew very little about the eight candidates in the race. In her introduction, Gina Driscoll opted not to refer to her…

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Pinellas Commissioner Pat Gerard files for re-election

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Pat Gerard, whose 2014 victory made the Pinellas County Commission majority Democratic for the first time in decadess, announced Monday she will run for re-election to her countywide District 2 seat in 2018. “I’m excited about the progress we’ve made for Pinellas County,” Gerard said in a statement. “I want to continue that work to make our beautiful community the best place to live, work and raise a family.” Before running for the Pinellas Commission, Gerard served three terms as…

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An inside look at Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s campaign challenges

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Victorious St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa-Wheeler-Brown’s campaign wasn’t exactly ideal. Negative attacks following the Primary Election clouded her intended message and dominated conversation in the media. And, as a result, her campaign management became too much of the conversation. “We work very hard to keep the consultants out of the story,” said Tom Alte, a consultant with the campaign. “You want the candidates to be able to get their message out and to talk to the voters and tell them what…

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Direct mail round-up: Flier claims Will Newton got paid for days he didn’t work as a firefighter

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First he was portrayed as a bobble head doll who says “no” to everything. Now a negative mailer targeting St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton pictures the candidate wearing an obnoxious Hawaiian shirt, a crown made of flowers, and a hula skirt all squeezed into a life float. The heading under the photo says, “Will Newton, Beach Days With Our Tax Dollars.” The other side explains the “beach days.” “We don’t know if Will was actually hanging out at…

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Second complaint associated with Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s campaign filed with the state elections commission

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Another elections complaint has been filed associated with the Lisa Wheeler-Brown campaign. This time the complaint is not directly targeted at Wheeler-Brown and instead at a campaign consultant and his PAC, the Florida Voters Fund. James Donelon, the same South Pasadena resident who filed a complaint against Wheeler-Brown alleging a slew of campaign finance violations, is requesting the Florida Elections Commission investigate Tom Alte of Blue Ticket Consulting and his relationship between both the campaign and the Florida Voters Fund.…

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