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Incumbent Myriam Irizarry squeaks out victory to remain on Pinellas County bench

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Myriam Irizarry appears to have won a narrow victory over former state Rep. Dwight Dudley to retain the judicial seat she won last year by appointment. Irizarry polled about 78,575 votes, or about 50.38 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Dudley was about 0.76 percent behind with 77,382 votes. That’s far enough behind to avoid a recount. But there were still some provisional ballots out late Tuesday night, although it does not appear that there were enough to…

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Dwight Dudley is the big spender in Pinellas judicial races

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Dwight Dudley, who is running for County Judge Group 9 against incumbent Myriam Irizarry, is the big spender among candidates in the two Pinellas judicial races. Dudley has raised a total of $86,750, according to the latest figures from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office. Almost half that was a $40,000 loan to himself made early in the campaign. He’s spent a total of $72,258.49 so far. Dudley spent $32,661.65 in July. Most of that, $20,189.65, went to Valpak…

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Dwight Dudley heats up attack, insists opponent resume lacks experience

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The race for the Pinellas County Judge Group 9 seat is coming down to a heated battle over experience. Challenger Dwight Dudley says incumbent Myriam Irizarry lacks courtroom trial experience in Florida. Irizarry says Dudley has misrepresented her experience. Now Dudley says he’s sticking by his claim that she lacks trial experience and says Irizarry is at fault for any confusion because of apparently conflicting records. Dudley was referring to apparent contradictions in statements Irizarry made in her last application to the Judicial Nominating…

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Incumbent Judge Myriam Irizarry says opponent’s mailer misrepresents her experience

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Judicial races are usually rather low-key affairs, in part because of restrictions that limit the topics candidates can discuss. But the race between incumbent Pinellas County Judge Myriam Irizarry and state Rep. Dwight Dudley is heating up as the Aug. 30 election approaches. Dudley, a Democrat who left the House to run for the judiciary, is focusing on experience. According to a recent mailer sent to voters across Pinellas, he has a lot and Irizarry has “zero” — at least when…

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Dwight Dudley mailer touts his legal experience — and a gentle jab at his opponent

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With the kickoff of early voting in Pinellas and a little more than a week to go before the election, Dwight Dudley mailed out a flyer plugging his legal experience. Dudley, a Democratic state representative, is running against incumbent Myriam Irizarry for the County Judge Group 9 seat. Dudley is campaigning under the slogan, “Dudley will Do-Right” and “Respect. Experience. Justice.” His mailer lists endorsements from former Pinellas Sheriff Jim Coats, the West Central Florida Labor Council AFL-CIO, the Florida…

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Seminole mayor endorses in judicial, property appraiser races

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Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters issued endorsements in three races over the weekend. Waters endorsed Dora Komninos and Myriam Irizarry who are running for seats on the bench. She also endorsed former state Rep. Jim Frishe for Pinellas County property appraiser. “I endorse Dora Komninos for County Court judge of Group 8,” Waters said. “Her intensive experience prosecuting domestic violence cases would serve the citizens well with Dora on the bench.” Komninos is an assistant state attorney who is facing Tampa…

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“Get down” at Dwight Dudley fundraiser

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Dwight Dudley will be “gettin’ down in his dancing shoes,” according to the advertising for an upcoming fundraiser. The fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Reno’s Downtown Joint, 27 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. The host, Jon Labudde, and the host committee, Chuck Wray, Scott McIntyre, Mary Rachel Dudley, Peter Downes, Jack O’Grady, Alan Jenkins and Crystal Morales, promise “delicious food to make your belly happy and great music to make your feet busta…

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