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Incumbents elected in Dunedin; tight races in Largo, Seminole

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Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski and commission member Heather Gracy were re-elected in Dunedin. In Largo, incumbent Curtis Holmes held a slim lead over challenger Neil McMullen. In a tight Seminole race, incumbents Thom Barnhorn and Jim Quinn held slender leads over challenger Tom Christy, who was making his seventh try for a seat on the council. The two top vote-getters will take office. Dunedin’s Bujalski was returned to office with about 57 percent of the vote to defeat vice…

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Dunedin Vice Mayor Bruce Livingston to run for mayor

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Dunedin Vice Mayor Bruce Livingston is eyeing the next step. According to the Tampa Bay Times, he is running for mayor. The 30-year resident made the decision early in order to get the election conversation started. That election is in November. Livingston will host a campaign kickoff party at Bon Appetit in downtown Dunedin at 148 Marina Plaza. The March 7 event begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs through 7:30. Livingston reportedly wants to run a more positive campaign citing…

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Darden Rice sets right PSTA Sunshine Law violation

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St. Pete City Council member Darden Rice is requesting a revote in the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority motion Wednesday that elected her chair of the board for 2016. PSTA Brad Miller confirmed he will honor that request. “In an abundance of caution, I am requesting PSTA CEO Brad Miller take corrective action about a probable Sunshine Law violation and call for a revote of our officers,” Rice wrote. “2016 is an exciting year for PSTA and I want to be…

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Darden Rice nominated 2016 PSTA board chair

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In what turned out to be a very close vote, St. Pete City Council member Darden Rice was voted 2016 chair of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board Wednesday. Rice squeaked by Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward-Bujalski seven votes to six. “I’m tremendously honored,” Rice said of the nomination. “Leadership is so important now.” Bujalski’s defeat in the vote to succeed Clearwater City Council member Bill Jonson to head the board may have stemmed from a controversial motion she made earlier this…

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Brad Miller’s poor performance evaluation is a questionable step down from last year

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Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller received the worst performance evaluation he’s ever gotten since he started heading the transit agency in 2011. His average score based on rankings by his 15-member board this year is just 3.34. That’s down from 4.47 last year. While the ranking puts Miller in the “average” and “meets expectations” categories – a 2 is considered needs improvement and a 4 exceeds expectations – the number is a shocking detraction from Miller’s previous favorability…

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