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Lack of competition hasn’t slowed down fundraising for some Pinellas County candidates

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There aren’t too many candidates running for each of the Pinellas County constitutional officer posts up for election in 2016, but that doesn’t mean the donation money isn’t flowing. According to the Supervisor of Elections’ most recent finance reports, in the Pinellas Property Appraiser race, Mike Twitty, a political newcomer and 25-year professional real estate appraiser, is handily out-fundraising his lone opponent, fellow Republican and former state Rep. Jim Frishe, $120,820 to $44,065. Current Pinellas Property Appraiser Pam Dubov is stepping down at the…

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Pinellas Tax Collector candidate Charles Thomas rolls out campaign platform at Clearwater fundraiser

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Charles “Carlos” Thomas only jumped into the race for Pinellas County Tax Collector last month, but he’s hit the ground running. The Republican, who served as Pinellas’ Chief Deputy Tax Collector since 2000, laid out the foundations of his campaign platform to a crowd of supporters gathered last night at Bascom’s Chop House, in Clearwater. “We have, in our branch offices, a 99 percent satisfaction rating from our customers,” said Thomas during his opening remarks. “So if that’s what you…

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Pinellas County Tax Collector candidate Charles Thomas holding May 3 campaign kick-off reception

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A campaign kick-off reception honoring Pinellas County Tax Collector candidate Charles Thomas is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Bascom’s Chop House in Clearwater. Thomas, a Republican and long-time Pinellas resident, has served as the county’s Chief Deputy Tax Collector since 2000, the same year Pinellas’ outgoing Tax Collector Diane Nelson, was elected to her post. Before linking up with Pinellas’ tax collector team, Thomas worked as the program manager for Gordon-Darby Inc. There, he was responsible for…

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Deputy tax collector files to run for Pinellas County Tax Collector

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Charles Thomas, Pinellas County’s chief deputy tax collector, has filed to run for tax collector in the November 2016 election. “I will continue to offer excellent customer service meeting our customer’s needs now and building for the future,” Thomas said in a prepared statement Monday. Charles has served as Chief Deputy Tax Collector since November 2000. He has been the driving force behind the organization’s efforts for improvement, resulting in the office’s award of the Governor’s 2013 Sterling Award for…

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Diane Nelson announces retirement as Pinellas County Tax Collector

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After more than four decades working with the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office, Diane Nelson is calling it quits. Nelson – the first woman to head the Tax Collector’s Office – announced Wednesday she will not seek a fifth term and will retire at the end of this year. “It has been a difficult decision for me because I still love my job and serving the residents of Pinellas County,” Nelson told the Tampa Bay Reporter. “However, my husband decided…

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