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Largo mayoral race update: Bob Jackson may sue after being thrown off ballot

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Former Mayor Bob Jackson may sue the city because he was disqualified from the Nov. 3 election. Jackson said city employees made a series of mistakes that led to his disqualification to run, and the resulting disenfranchisement of voters. “It’s essentially about the people’s right to make a choice,” Jackson said. Jackson was challenging incumbent Mayor Pat Gerard, who defeated him in 2006 in a close and heated race. City Clerk Diane Bruner notified Jackson on Thursday that he would…

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Former Largo mayor scratched from ballot over missing signature

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In a messy turn of events, former Mayor Bob Jackson has been disqualified from the Largo city election because one of his candidate forms, a loyalty oath, was not signed. Friday afternoon, City Clerk Diane Bruner e-mailed a letter to the Supervisor of Elections Office asking the mayor’s race to be pulled from the ballot. Jackson was challenging incumbent Mayor Pat Gerard, who defeated him in the 2006 election. For now, Gerard is automatically re-elected as the only qualified candidate,…

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Largo Mayor Pat Gerard faces challenge, Commissioner Gigi Arntzen re-elected

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City Commissioner Gigi Arntzen was automatically re-elected when an opponent, Heleen Abramson, failed to qualify for Seat 4 in the November 3 election. The city’s qualification period ended at 5 p.m. last Thursday. Two candidates will vie for mayor and two others will vie for Seat 3. Mayor Pat Gerard will try to fend off former Mayor Bob Jackson. Gerard was first elected to the commission in 2000 and defeated Jackson three years ago. Jackson was a two-term mayor and…

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Up-to-the-minute news on Ken Welch

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As we wait with bated breath for Ken Welch’s decision on his political future, I have just learned from a high-level source that Mr. Welch did, in fact, meet with Representative Kriseman today for lunch. This source revealed that they dined at the Wave at the Epicenter in Largo. Was the decision to meet in Largo an indication that Mr. Welch actually prefers meeting outside of the city, and hence, has decided not to run for mayor of St. Petersburg?…

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