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Four candidates running for two seats on Seminole City Council

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Seminole City Council members Roger Edelman and Bob Matthews are facing challengers in their 2017 re-election campaigns. Edelman’s and Matthew’s seats on the seven-member council are the only ones set for the ballot this year. Since the city uses open seats, rather than districts, the two candidates with the most votes in the Nov. 7 election will sit on the Council.

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Thom Barnhorn, Jim Quinn win re-election to the Seminole City Council

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After two recounts and a wait for the overseas ballots to come in, the Seminole election results became official Friday. Thom Barnhorn was the top vote-getter with 4,549, or about 37.7 percent of the ballot. Jim Quinn came in second with 4,302, or about 32.8 percent of the vote. And Tom Christy was close third with 4,273, or about 32.6 percent of the ballot. Incumbents Barnhorn and Quinn will take the two available seats on the council. Christy, who was…

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Thom Barnhorn leads in fundraising in Seminole City Council race

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Incumbent Thom Barnhorn is the clear winner when it comes to raising funds to run for re-election to the Seminole City Council. Barnhorn has raised $6,255, according to the latest filings with the Seminole city clerk’s office. Jim Quinn, the other incumbent in the race, has raised $3,250. Tom Christy trails far behind with $237. A bit more than half Barnhorn’s funds — $3,500 — come from his own pockets. But he’s also received donations from former Seminole council member…

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Incumbents want to keep the good times rolling in Seminole

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Jim Quinn and Thom Barnhorn say things are good in Seminole: The moribund Seminole Mall is at long last a memory. In its place, a bright new City Center is rising. The city’s property tax rate is one of the lowest in the county, and it hasn’t changed since 2008 when it dropped. A senior center has opened. The emergency operations center/public works building is solar powered and sells energy back to the grid. The city is building a waterfront…

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Leslie Waters re-elected Seminole mayor

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Leslie Waters won her second term as Seminole Mayor Monday when qualifying passed, and no one signed up to oppose her. Incumbents Thom Barnhorn and Jim Quinn are facing a challenge from Tom Christy for the two open seats on the Seminole council. Christy is making his seventh try for a place on the Seminole City Council. The two top vote-getters will take office. Waters could not be reached for comment. Waters is a former Republican member of the Florida House,…

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Janet Long pre-qualifies for Pinellas County commission race

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Janet Long has pre-qualified in her quest for a second term on the Pinellas County Commission. To pre-qualify, Long wrote a check for $5,653.20. Long, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to the District 1 at-large commission seat, which is elected countywide. Republican Martin Hughes, a Republican, has announced he will run against her. Long was elected to the commission in 2012. Before that, she served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. She was a Seminole City…

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Janet Long readies for political battle with fundraising letter

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Janet Long was quick to respond to the news that she has opposition in her campaign for re-election to the Pinellas County Commission. She sent out an email blast Tuesday asking for donations. That was just a day after Republican Martin Hughes, a political newcomer, filed with the elections office. “While I have quietly campaigned for the past year, yesterday I drew an opponent in my race. That changes everything. I realize I have asked before, but now I must…

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