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Going into Election Day, Ken Peluso leads in fundraising in Pinellas School Board races

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Incumbent Ken Peluso, who’s running for re-election to the District 4 seat on the Pinellas School Board, is the fundraising winner. But Peluso is not the big spender. That distinction goes to Matt Stewart, who’s running against three other candidates for the District 1 At-Large seat. With one day to go before casting final votes, here’s how the fundraising and spending have gone in the races for the three open seats on the School Board. Four candidates are vying for…

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Pinellas schoolteachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons, School Board candidate says

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Pinellas schools are not safe and teachers should have the means to defend themselves and students should the need arise, Mike Petruccelli said Wednesday. Petruccelli is an Indian Shores council member who’s making a run for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. He made his remarks Wednesday in response to an audience question during a school board candidates’ forum at a luncheon meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. Eight of the nine candidates running for…

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Pinellas school board candidate: Being elected is “not a priority”

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Robert J. Beal, a first-time candidate, says his first priority is his daughter, who has medical issues, and not the election. “It’s not a priority to tell you the truth,” Beal said Wednesday. “I have a lot on my plate. … Nothing else matters except for my daughter.” But Beal said he’s not withdrawing from the District 1 at-large race for the Pinellas County School Board. He just doesn’t plan a vigorous campaign. “If I get elected, I’ll do the…

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Pinellas School Board candidates enter the Tiger’s Den Wednesday

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The nine candidates for the three open seats on the Pinellas County School Board will be the featured speakers at Wednesday’s luncheon meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. The nine are the latest in a line of candidates appearing before members of the non-partisan, political club in the run-up to the Aug. 30 election. That election is known more like a primary election, but non-partisan races for school board and judgeships are also on the ballot as is one…

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North Pinellas county candidate forum set for Monday

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The Council of North County Neighborhoods is holding a candidates forum Monday night. The forum, which is co-sponsored by the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, will feature candidates who will appear on north Pinellas ballots in the Aug. 30 election. That election is for party primaries and nonpartisan races. Pinellas County School Board member Peggy O’Shea said all but one candidate would be at Monday’s event. The CNCN, she said, is still waiting to hear from Robert J.…

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Chris Latvala praises Pinellas School Board candidate Bill Dudley

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State Rep. Chris Latvala took a few moments out of his re-election campaign Thursday to praise a Pinellas County School Board candidate. Bill Dudley, a former St. Petersburg council member, is running for the School Board District 1 at-large seat that’s voted on countywide. Dudley has three opponents in the nonpartisan race: Matt Stewart, Joanne Lentino and Robert J. Beal. The incumbent, Janet Clark, is not running for re-election. Dudley is a former teacher who coached basketball, football, cross-country and…

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Ken Peluso leads all other candidates in fundraising for Pinellas School Board races

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When it comes to fundraising, Ken Peluso is the leader of the nine-person pack running for the three open seats on the Pinellas School Board. Peluso, who is running for re-election to the District 4 single-member seat, has raised a total of $20,180. Of that, $3,650 was raised last month. Most of that — $3,000 — was from a loan he made to himself. His opponent in the race, Eileen Long, is trailing with a total of $4,996. 80. The…

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