Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Joseph “JB” Bensmihen

Charlie Crist, David Jolly fish for votes three days before election

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

David Jolly and Charlie Crist spent much of Saturday the way they’ve spent much of the past few months – casting a net for votes. Jolly, the Republican incumbent, is facing a challenge from Democrat Crist for the 13th Congressional District seat. Jolly spent the first part of the morning at an Alzheimer’s Awareness Fair at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the University of South Florida campus in downtown St. Petersburg. His office had helped arrange the event, which included…

Keep Reading

St. Pete techies came to lunch and vote

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The Surf and Turf food truck was the first to arrive at Williams Park. It was soon followed by a trickle — then a flood — of mostly millennials from St. Petersburg tech startups. They ate. They chatted and got to know each other. Then they walked down the block to the supervisor of elections’ early voting site to cast their ballots. The gathering was the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s “Startup & Vote” event. St. Pete is one of four…

Keep Reading

Carrying guns on college campuses? Pinellas House candidates split on the issue

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Most Pinellas candidates running in the six races for a place in the Florida House of Representatives sharply disagreed with their opponents when the topic of guns on college campuses came up during a Wednesday forum on the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College. The House District 68 race was the only exception. In that race, Democrat Ben Diamond is running against Republican Joseph “JB” Bensmihen. There is no incumbent in the race. Both candidates are making their first run…

Keep Reading

Ben Diamond proposes plan for protecting Florida’s environment, water quality

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

As he’s walked Florida HD 68 the past weeks, candidate Ben Diamond says he’s found one overriding issue among voters: a concern for the environment and the state’s waterways. So, on Tuesday, Diamond held a news conference to unveil a six-point plan he says he’ll work to pass if elected. “I’m running for the Florida house because our state leaders need to do more to preserve and protect our water and our environment,” Diamond wrote in his proposal. “Like many…

Keep Reading

Dwight Dudley says he wants more time at home, and is looking at running for judge in Pinellas County

in 2017/Top Headlines by

(updated) Dwight Dudley will not be running for re-election in House District 68. The news surprised Tallahassee observers, but Dudley said on Monday that the recent death of his mother – in which he barely had time to say goodbye to her before she passed away as the 2016 session ended in March – was a catalyst in his decision making process. “In the last four years, I’ve been gone a lot,” the Democratic lawmaker said, referring  in particular last year, when the Legislature…

Keep Reading

Go to Top