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Pinellas sets swearing-in for constitutional officers

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Swearing-in of Pinellas County’s incoming constitutional officers will be Jan. 3. The ceremony, which will be open to the public, will be at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Pinellas County Courthouse located at 324 S Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater. A reception in the courthouse lobby will follow the reception. Two of the constitutional officers are being sworn in for the first time. They are Mike Twitty, who will succeed outgoing property appraiser Pam Dubov. Dubov is leaving to enter…

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Matt Stewart collects endorsements from Pinellas County elected officials

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Matt Stewart, who’s running for the Pinellas County School Board, has been endorsed by three elected officials from Pinellas County. Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice, Clerk of Court Ken Burke and retiring Tax Collector Diane Nelson have all endorsed him. Stewart said he was honored to have their endorsements. Stewart is running for the District 1 at-large seat on the school board against Joanne Lentino, a retired teacher. There is no incumbent in the nonpartisan race, which is voted countywide.…

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Mike Mikurak schedules two fundraisers

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Mike Mikurak has scheduled two fundraisers this month to help finance his run for the Pinellas County Commission. The first event is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the home of The first event is planned for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the home of Joe and JoAnn White in Largo. The host committee reads like a Who’s Who of local Republicans. The committee includes Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, state Sens.…

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Matt Stewart picks up broad base of endorsements for Pinellas School Board bid

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Matt Stewart announced Wednesday that he’s picked up the endorsement from a broad base of Pinellas power brokers who support his run for the District 1 at-large seat on the Pinellas County School Board. Those endorsements: Pinellas County Commission chairman Charlie Justice, Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke, Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson, Tarpon Springs City Commissioners Rea Sieber and Susan Slattery, Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith, and St. Petersburg City Council member Lisa Wheeler-Brown. The support comes…

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Ken Burke, Deborah Clark, Charles Thomas pre-qualify, with no opposition

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It’s the first day of qualifying for the upcoming elections and several candidates for Pinellas’ constitutional offices have pre-qualified. Three have no opposition, so far. Ken Burke, who’s running for re-election to the clerk of court’s office, and Deborah Clark, seeking re-election as the supervisor of elections, have both pre-qualified. So has Charles Thomas, a first-time candidate who’s seeking to replace his boss, Diane Nelson, who is retiring as Pinellas County tax collector. All three Republicans are unopposed thus far.…

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Republican Pinellas Tax Collector candidate to hold fundraiser Wednesday

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Charles Thomas has scheduled a fundraiser for his bid to be Pinellas County’s next tax collector. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marina Cantina, 45 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach. If you want to go, you need to RSVP by contacting Charles@VoteCharlesThomas.com or (727) 201-5456. The list of hosts for the event reads like a Who’s Who of the Pinellas Republican Party. The hosts include state Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes; state Reps. Chris Latvala and…

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Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson awarded Governor’s Sterling Award

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In 2013, the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office was awarded Florida’s top honor, the Governor’s Sterling Award, for operational and service excellence. The office is now the proud recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award for its commitment to continuous improvement. “I am so proud of the team members in my office for not just accepting the sterling journey, but adopting and living it. Best-in-class operational efficiency and continuous improvement is the new norm in our office,” said…

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