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Mike Mikurak’s donations to his campaign fatten his fundraising balance

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Mike Mikurak’s fundraising total far outweighs the amount raised by incumbent Charlie Justice. The two are battling it out for the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County Commission. The District 3 seat is at large and voted on countywide. Mikurak, a retired businessman, has deposited a total of $156,352 in his campaign account; Justice, $105,928. But a sizable portion of Mikurak’s total came out of his own pocket. As of mid-October, Mikurak had given about $42,700 in cash and…

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Direct mail round-up: Charlie Justice urges voters to make their ways down-ballot

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Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice has dropped two mail pieces as the election winds down to its final days. One urges voters to “vote down ballot.” The other, on some of his endorsements and “the issues that matter.” Justice, a Democrat, is facing retired businessman Mike Mikurak, a Republican, in the race for the District 3 seat on the county commission. District 3 is voted on countywide. Even though the mailers are a bit different, they repeat Justice’s campaign themes:…

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Charlie Justice stands by his vote to do what the people in Safety Harbor wanted

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During his campaign for re-election, Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice has heard some of the same charges over and over from opponent Mike Mikurak. Two of the most frequently repeated comments have to do with a unanimous vote by the County Commission to refuse a developer’s request to rezone land in Safety Harbor. The developer sued and a judge entered a $16.5 million judgment against the county. The other has to do with St. Petersburg’s dumping millions of gallons of…

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One day left to register to vote for general election

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With one day still left to register for the Nov. 8 election, mail ballots have started returning to the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office. As of Monday morning, 6,187 mail ballots had been returned. Of those, 2,522 were from Democratic voters and 2,418 were from Republicans. The remaining 1,247 were from voters with no party affiliation or who are registered to a third party. Thus far, Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark has sent out a total of 273,398 mail-in ballots.…

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Charlie Justice, Mike Mikurak exchange barbs at forum

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Although their tone remained even, the words Charlie Justice and Mike Mikurak exchanged were at times stinging during a forum Wednesday at St. Petersburg College. At one point, panel members got tangled, asking Mikurak, the challenger, to talk about why he should be re-elected to the Pinellas County Commission. Justice, the incumbent, quipped, “He can describe my successes.” Mikurak shot back: “Actually, I can describe some of your non-successes.” The divide between the two was also highlighted during a discussion…

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Mike Mikurak sets meet and greet, releases second video ad

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Touting himself as the “cure” for Pinellas County, Mike Mikurak has scheduled a meet and greet event in Oldsmar. Mikurak, a Republican, is running for the District 3 seat held by Democrat Charlie Justice who is seeking re-election. The seat is voted on countywide. The “We like MIKE (Oldsmar)” meet and greet is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at City Fish Grill, 4022 Tampa Road, Suite 1, Oldsmar. The advertisement for the event says, “Come out and…

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Mike Mikurak sets fundraiser, meet and greet

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A fundraiser, the third this month, has been set for Republican Mike Mikurak who’s running for the Pinellas County commission. The fundraising reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday at Hops & Props, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The event is sponsored by the Young Floridians for Opportunity, a conservative political action committee. On Thursday, the night before the fundraiser, Mikurak has scheduled a “We Like MIKE! (North County)” meet and greet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at…

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