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Incumbents elected in Dunedin; tight races in Largo, Seminole

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Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski and commission member Heather Gracy were re-elected in Dunedin. In Largo, incumbent Curtis Holmes held a slim lead over challenger Neil McMullen. In a tight Seminole race, incumbents Thom Barnhorn and Jim Quinn held slender leads over challenger Tom Christy, who was making his seventh try for a seat on the council. The two top vote-getters will take office. Dunedin’s Bujalski was returned to office with about 57 percent of the vote to defeat vice…

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Party, PAC money seeps into nonpartisan municipal races

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When candidates run for local nonpartisan offices — mayor, council member, or commissioner — they’re supposed to keep party politics out of the conversation. And, for the most part, that’s the way it is. But in some races this year, partisan money is helping finance local candidates. Take the City of Largo, for example, where incumbent Curtis Holmes is facing Neil McMullen in the race for Seat 3 on the city commission. McMullen is a descendant of one of Pinellas…

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Woody Brown, Jamie Robinson re-elected in Largo

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Mayor Woody Brown and Commissioner Jamie Robinson were re-elected to the Largo City Commission when no one showed up to run against them by the closing of qualifying Friday. Largo voters will have a chance to go to the polls to choose between Curtis Holmes and Neil McMullen who are running for Seat 3. “I’m happy,” Brown said Monday. Not having an opponent, Brown said, means he can focus on what’s happening in the city and the commission’s projects. This…

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Aaron Darr is dropping out of Largo City Commission race

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Aaron Darr is dropping out of the Largo City Commission District 3 contest. The 24-year-old first-time candidate entered the contest because he said he was determined to stop incumbent Curtis Holmes from being re-elected. Holmes is running for re-election in the race against Darr and Robert Avery. Now a fourth candidate, Neil McMullen, is about to enter the contest. That’s the reason Darr says he’s dropping out. Darr says he heard rumors last week that McMullen was about to enter the contest,…

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Largo City Commission incumbent decides to seek re-election amid Robert Avery extortion scandal

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Adding to the drama that plagued a Largo City Commission race this week is a new twist. Incumbent Commissioner Curtis Holmes now says he’s planning to run for re-election. Up until his announcement Wednesday, two candidates were vying for the seat he had planned to vacate and one of them was charged with extortion. Robert Avery was charged Monday with felony extortion after a threatening email sent to his opponent, 24-year old activist Aaron Darr, was traced back to Avery’s…

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Election Day

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The County Election pictures the American democratic system in progress. The story takes place in a small Midwestern town in the mid-nineteenth century, when the rituals of voting were still taking shape, particularly on the frontier. George Caleb Bingham, known as “the Missouri artist” for the state where he lived and worked, recognized the responsibilities as well as the rights of citizenship; and because he played an active part in Missouri politics, he gained a personal perspective on the contemporary…

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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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