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Thom Barnhorn leads in fundraising in Seminole City Council race

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Incumbent Thom Barnhorn is the clear winner when it comes to raising funds to run for re-election to the Seminole City Council. Barnhorn has raised $6,255, according to the latest filings with the Seminole city clerk’s office. Jim Quinn, the other incumbent in the race, has raised $3,250. Tom Christy trails far behind with $237. A bit more than half Barnhorn’s funds — $3,500 — come from his own pockets. But he’s also received donations from former Seminole council member…

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Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas endorses four Republicans for State House

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The Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas has endorsed four Republicans running for re-election to the state House of Representatives. Reps. Chris Latvala, House District 67, and Larry Ahern, HD 66, received contribution checks from Farm Bureau-Pinellas board members Leslie Waters and Fred Petty during the group’s annual dinner earlier this month. Waters is mayor of Seminole and Petty is the former Pinellas County tax collector. Kathleen Peters, HD 69, and Chris Sprowls, HD 65, also received campaign contributions. “These state legislators have…

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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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On the campaign trail with Fred Petty, former Pinellas tax collector and current Seminole City Council candidate

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Fred Petty‘s Pinellas County roots go deep. Back in 1967, after a 20-year career in the Navy, the now 85-year-old Petty first moved to the area. That same year he began working for the Pinellas County tax collector. Over time, Petty moved up through the ranks of the tax collector’s office and, in 1992, decided to run for the county’s official tax collector post. He won that year and  won again in 1996, ultimately serving two consecutive four year terms…

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