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Pinellas County
Elections Office gearing up for March
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Registered voters in Belleair Bluffs, Gulfport, Kenneth City, Madeira Beach, Oldsmar, Seminole, South Pasadena, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island will be participating in the March 12 municipal elections.

According to the elections calendar posted at VotePinellas.com, Feb. 11 is the last day to register to vote in the March election. Residents can register at any Elections Office, including the Election Service Center, Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo; Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater; and the County Building, 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

All registrations require the original signature of the applicant as well as photo identification. A voter registration application can be filled out online at votepinellas.com; however, the completed application must be printed, signed and delivered to an Elections office.

All municipalities chose not to offer early voting. However, mail ballots will be available. To request a mail ballot, visit www.votepinellas.com, call 464-VOTE (8683) or email absentee@votepinellas.com.

According to a press release, the Supervisor of Elections has tentatively scheduled Jan. 25 as the date to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have requested them. Ballots for domestic voters could go out as early as Feb. 5.

The races

In Belleair Bluffs, voters will choose two out of three for commissioner. George Lawton qualified to run, as did incumbents Jack Nazario and Suzy Sofer.

The job of mayor is up for grabs in Gulfport with Sam Henderson and Robert E. Worthington running for that position. Voters also will decide whether to amend charter rules for filling vacancies.

Kenneth City voters will pick two of four names for councilmember. Incumbent Troy Campbell is running along with Albert Leonce Carrier, Joanne DeSimone and Wanda Dudley.

In Madeira Beach, incumbent Nancy Oakley is up against Margie Elaine Poe for the District 3 seat on the city commission. Oldsmar voters will pick one from a field of three – Gabby McGee, Dan Saracki and Sunda Yantiss-Colon - for Seat 3 on the council.

Seminole voters will pick two from a list of four for seats on the city council. Thomas Christy Sr. and Matt Nilssen oppose incumbents Thomas Barnhorn and James Quinn. South Pasadena will choose between incumbent Larry Crowley and Dan Calabria for the mayor’s job.

Tarpon Springs will elect a new commissioner from a field of four, including David Banther, Jim Bouldin, Tommy Frain and Timothy Keffalas.

Voters in Treasure Island have five referendum questions of the ballot. The first asks voters to approve an increase of two feet for the maximum height of buildings citywide to compensate for flood safety rules that require two additional feet of vertical clearance before the first floor of a building.

The next four questions involve changes to allow for more flexibility for the downtown redevelopment district.

Residents will decide whether to allow density of 24 residential dwelling units per acre as part of a mixed-use development project. They’ll also have a chance to say yes or no to two proposed density increases that would allow 60 tourist dwelling units per acre in the downtown redevelopment area. Voters will also decide on a density increase of up to 15 residential units per acre as part of the downtown redevelopment.

Canceled elections

Belleair, Belleair Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores and St. Pete Beach canceled March elections because the number of qualified candidates did not exceed the number of offices up for election.
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