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Pinellas candidates to square off in debate at SPC

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To help citizens go to the polls as informed voters, St. Petersburg College is presenting a debate for local candidates seeking public office in the Nov. 8 general election. The debate, sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Digitorium on the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N. Admission is free, but advance registration is required at solutions.spcollege.edu. Voting is the most…

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Clearwater Chamber announces local endorsements; virtual tie between Charlie Justice, Mike Mikurak

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Clearwater’s Chamber of Commerce announced endorsements in several local races, and a virtual tie between two equally qualified candidates for a Pinellas County Commission seat. In a statement Friday, CLEARPAC, the committee for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber’s board of directors, made recommendations based on “the importance of Election Day to the continuing success of local business.” CLEARPAC is endorsing Clearwater Republican Sen. Jack Latvala for re-election to Senate District 20, as well as Republican State…

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Comedy night fundraiser set for Pinellas School Board hopeful Eliseo Santana

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A night of comic entertainment will benefit the campaign of Eliseo Santana, who’s in a runoff for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. The event is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N. in Palm Harbor. The star of the evening is American history teacher Mike Rivera, who’s also a touring comedian. The Pinellas County teacher has made has made three national television appearances on…

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Carol Cook faces rocky road in quest for re-election to the Pinellas School Board

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It’s a tough year to run for office if you’re a Pinellas County School Board member who wants to hang onto your seat. Of the three seats that were up for election this year, one incumbent, Janet Clark, declined to seek re-election. A second, Ken Peluso, was defeated in the Aug. 30 election. The third, long-time board member Carol Cook, is facing a runoff against first-time candidate Eliseo Santana, who retired as a civilian supervisor from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s…

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Pinellas School Board candidates open runoffs with slim bank accounts

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The candidates facing runoffs for two seats on the Pinellas School Board have emerged from the Aug. 30 election season with lean bank accounts, according to the latest records from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office. Take the District 1 at-large seat. No incumbent was running, and the countywide race had four candidates. First-time candidates Joanne Lentino, a first-grade teacher at Gulfport Elementary School, and Matt Stewart, a deputy director for Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections and adjunct professor…

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Going into Election Day, Ken Peluso leads in fundraising in Pinellas School Board races

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Incumbent Ken Peluso, who’s running for re-election to the District 4 seat on the Pinellas School Board, is the fundraising winner. But Peluso is not the big spender. That distinction goes to Matt Stewart, who’s running against three other candidates for the District 1 At-Large seat. With one day to go before casting final votes, here’s how the fundraising and spending have gone in the races for the three open seats on the School Board. Four candidates are vying for…

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Pinellas schoolteachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons, School Board candidate says

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Pinellas schools are not safe and teachers should have the means to defend themselves and students should the need arise, Mike Petruccelli said Wednesday. Petruccelli is an Indian Shores council member who’s making a run for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. He made his remarks Wednesday in response to an audience question during a school board candidates’ forum at a luncheon meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. Eight of the nine candidates running for…

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