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Christine Brown to hold campaign kickoff in Gulfport City Council re-election bid

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Christine Anne Brown is holding a campaign kickoff event for her re-election to the Gulfport City Council. The event is Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pia’s Trattoria, 3054 Beach Blvd. in Gulfport. Brown is running again for Ward 2, which covers much of the city’s waterfront. She faces local business woman Linda Bailey. Born in Honolulu to a Navy family, Brown moved frequently as a child. By 1988, she landed in Pinellas County, graduating from St. Petersburg’s Lakewood…

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Sam Henderson re-elected Gulfport mayor

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Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson won another term Tuesday. He bested challenger Barbara Banno 59 to 41 percent. The two candidates have spent the past several months in a fierce battle to head the dais at Gulfport City Hall. Banno entered the race with a challenge to what emerged as a status quo attitude. She drew on residents’ frustrations with the August sewage dump into Clam Bayou and called for immediate action from the city of St. Petersburg to offer its assurance…

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April Thanos fundraising totals soar beyond $13,000

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With the election just 11 days away, April Thanos is continuing her push to unseat Gulfport City Council member Dan Liedtke. Thanks, a Democrat, brought in nearly $2,000 during the latest round of fundraising between February 13th and 26th. Despite the race being non-partisan, Thanos is enjoying party money. The Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee gave Thanos her largest contribution this report with $500. The Stonewall Democrats contributed $250 and the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Progressive Political Committee donated $200. Eric Lynn, a…

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Sam Henderson accused of “bullying” Gulfport City Councilmember

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The gloves came off during a Gulfport City Council meeting Tuesday evening after City Council woman Yolanda Roman proposed a resolution calling for an action plan on continued testing and monitoring of water quality in Clam Bayou. The issue has been a hot button topic in the small city neighboring St. Pete since August when St. Pete diverted millions of gallons of sewage into the water body. Roman’s call for a resolution began innocent enough with City Council member Dan…

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Nonpartisan Gulfport City Council race goes partisan

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Gulfport municipal elections are supposed to be nonpartisan, but party politics have come out in the city’s lone City Council contest. Though voters will never see it on a ballot, incumbent Dan Liedtke is a Republican. His challenger, April Thanos, is a Democrat. In a recent mailer, Thanos called Liedtke out as “a Tea Party conservative.” Liedtke fired back with a social media post countering her mail. But instead of defending the claim or attacking his opponent’s progressivism, Liedtke instead…

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April Thanos out raises Dan Liedtke in Gulfport City Council race

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Gulfport City Council hopeful April Thanos is threatening incumbent Dan Liedtke by outraising him more than three to one. Thanos raised a total of just over $6,000 so far in the race; Liedtke has brought in just $1,877. Both posted January fundraising totals this week. Thanos brought in more than half her total haul during that month, raising more than $3,000. Liedtke raised $975.97 with a $275 loan from himself. While Thanos grows a substantial fundraising gap, she continues to…

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Gulfport incumbents come out on top during lone debate

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Four candidates in two Gulfport municipal races squared off in a League of Women Voters moderated debate Thursday night. Though challengers gave a strong performance, the incumbents came out on top. City Council incumbent Dan Liedtke and his challenger, April Thanos featured the first 45-minutes of back and forth while Mayoral candidates Barbara Banno and Sam Henderson wrapped up the night. Henderson, the current mayor and Banno, a former City Council member and owner of Stella’s in downtown, started the debate…

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