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Survey finds Pinellas County residents trust their local government

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Pinellas County residents are far more likely to have trust and confidence in their local government than the average American according to a new poll put out by the county. The 2017 Citizen Values Survey asked residents whether they trust their local government and a combined 93 percent said they trusted Pinellas County either a “great deal” or “fair amount,” compared to just 7 percent who said “not very much” or “not at all.” The numbers rack up favorably to…

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Pinellas property appraiser candidate Mike Twitty holding pair of late October fundraisers

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Mike Twitty, in his first-ever run for elected office, has hit the ground running. The 48-year-old Republican — and Pinellas County property appraiser hopeful — is a 25-year state-certified general real estate appraiser who, so far, has nabbed the endorsement of everyone from outgoing Pinellas Property Appraiser Pam Dubov, to state Sen. Jeff Brandes, and St. Pete Councilman-elect Ed Montanari. (And that’s just the short list.) Perhaps more impressive still: his fundraising numbers. In August, Twitty raised over $50,000 for…

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Mike Twitty get’s official endorsement from Pam Dubov at campaign kick-off party

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Of the two candidates filed to run for Pinellas County Property Appraiser, only one kicked off his 2016 election campaign with a jam session: Mike Twitty. He also happens to be the lone candidate Pam Dubov, Pinellas’ current Property Appraiser, has chosen to endorse as her successor. “Mike is a business man,” said Dubov of Twitty at his Thursday night campaign kick-off party. “Mike has been responsible for running a business that has to make payroll, that has to live within…

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Pinellas Clerk of Courts Ken Burke officially running for fourth term

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Ken Burke has legitimized his run for a fourth term as Pinellas County’s Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. The 55-year-old Republican from Seminole filed all the necessary paperwork on Monday to make the run official. He’s been serving as Pinellas’ Clerk of Court since 2004. During both the 2008 and 2012 elections, he ran unopposed. So far, no one else has filed to run against him in 2016. Cheryl Bowman, of Largo, is listed as Burke’s campaign treasurer,…

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Longtime elections chief Deborah Clark joins growing field of Pinellas County candidates

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Deborah Clark, Pinellas County’s supervisor of elections, officially filed for re-election. Clark, 66, has been the county’s elections supervisor since 2000, when she was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush. She was subsequently elected that same year, as well as in 2004, 2008 and 2012. As of Thursday, Clark, a Republican from Palm Harbor, is the only person to file for the 2016 elections supervisor seat. She’s joining a gradually growing field of early and officially announced candidates, like Janet Long, who now…

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Open house for St. Pete’s San Martin Boulevard Bridge study

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An open house for anyone interested in contributing to the San Martin Boulevard Bridge’s Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study will be held Tuesday, July 14, in Diffley Hall, at the Holy Family Church, 200 78th Ave. NE, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The San Martin Bridge, which runs over Riviera Bay, near Weedon Island, was constructed in 1962 and is nearing the end of its service life. As it stand now, the bridge fails to meet current design standards and Americans with…

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