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Bob Gualtieri kicks off re-election campaign with fundraiser Jan. 28

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Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is launching his re-election campaign with fundraiser later this month. Gualtieri, 54, filed to run for a second four-year term in November. The kickoff event begins 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Hilton Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Drive in St. Petersburg. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times last year, Gualtieri said his main priority for the next term is to make sure Pinellas County’s crime rates continues to fall. As part of his platform, he’s proposing a single…

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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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Pinellas sheriff wants legislative fix to medical pot, not an amendment

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri wants the Florida Legislature to figure something out when it comes to medical marijuana. During a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Thursday, marijuana reform was the talk of the day. Gualtieri was asked several times about medical marijuana and once about recreational. He told the group of about 50 Tiger Bay members and guests he was actively supportive of the state’s Charlotte’s Web bill that passed during the 2014 Legislature. Charlotte’s Web is a strain of…

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As rumors circulate that Kathleen Ford may make him next Police Chief, Randall Jones shows up on two mail-pieces for her campaign

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Rumors are circulating around City Hall, especially among the high command of the Police Department, that Kathleen Ford has made a deal with Randall Jones, failed candidate for Pinellas County Sheriff, that would make him the next Police Chief in a Ford administration. These rumors are gaining traction as a slew of direct mail arrives in voters’ mailboxes, all of it emphasizing Jones’ endorsement of Ford. The mail is paid by the St. Petersburg Democratic Club, the controversial PAC headed…

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