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Largo mayoral candidate demands to be on ballot after mistake over missing signature

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Former Mayor Bob Jackson, who was disqualified from the Nov. 3 election, wrote a letter to City Clerk Diane Bruner late Wednesday demanding his name be placed on the ballot. Bruner decided to disqualify Jackson because he failed to sign his loyalty oath. Jackson chastised Bruner and another employee for mistakes they made in the handling of his form. Bruner, who was informed about the missing signature by the Supervisor of Elections Office, admitted she did not notice the problem…

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Largo mayoral race flap grinds on

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There is no denying that multiple mistakes made a mess of the qualification process in the upcoming mayoral election in Largo. Unless former mayor Bob Jackson is willing to let go of his desire to be mayor again, taxpayers may be left holding the bill for a court case. (Here’s a link to the Times editorial.) The qualification period for candidates seeking office in Largo’s Nov. 3 city election ended Aug. 13. Only two candidates were interested in running for mayor: the incumbent,…

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Largo mayoral race update: Bob Jackson may sue after being thrown off ballot

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Former Mayor Bob Jackson may sue the city because he was disqualified from the Nov. 3 election. Jackson said city employees made a series of mistakes that led to his disqualification to run, and the resulting disenfranchisement of voters. “It’s essentially about the people’s right to make a choice,” Jackson said. Jackson was challenging incumbent Mayor Pat Gerard, who defeated him in 2006 in a close and heated race. City Clerk Diane Bruner notified Jackson on Thursday that he would…

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Former Largo mayor scratched from ballot over missing signature

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In a messy turn of events, former Mayor Bob Jackson has been disqualified from the Largo city election because one of his candidate forms, a loyalty oath, was not signed. Friday afternoon, City Clerk Diane Bruner e-mailed a letter to the Supervisor of Elections Office asking the mayor’s race to be pulled from the ballot. Jackson was challenging incumbent Mayor Pat Gerard, who defeated him in the 2006 election. For now, Gerard is automatically re-elected as the only qualified candidate,…

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Largo Mayor Pat Gerard faces challenge, Commissioner Gigi Arntzen re-elected

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City Commissioner Gigi Arntzen was automatically re-elected when an opponent, Heleen Abramson, failed to qualify for Seat 4 in the November 3 election. The city’s qualification period ended at 5 p.m. last Thursday. Two candidates will vie for mayor and two others will vie for Seat 3. Mayor Pat Gerard will try to fend off former Mayor Bob Jackson. Gerard was first elected to the commission in 2000 and defeated Jackson three years ago. Jackson was a two-term mayor and…

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