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Pinellas County
Pinellas voters make their decisions
Two incumbent commissioners defeated
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Incumbent Neil Brickfield lost to Janet Long in his bid for a second term to represent District 1 on the Pinellas County Commission.
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Incumbent Nancy Bostock lost her bid for reelection against Charlie Justice to represent District 3 on the Pinellas County Commission.
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Incumbent Ken Welch, left, took in the most votes against challenger by Buck Walz to keep his District 7 seat on the Pinellas County Commission.
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Incumbent Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri brings in the most votes to defeat challenger Scott Swope in the Nov. 6 election.
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Incumbent Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark held nearly a 76 percent lead over challenger Jack Killingsworth in the Nov. 6 election.
Two of three incumbent Pinellas County Commissioners felt the agony of defeat Tuesday night, while a third joined the ranks of those keeping their job for another term.

According to unofficial results posted on the Supervisor of Elections website, Neil Brickfield and Nancy Bostock are out of work. However, the vote isnít official until after the Canvassing Board meets later this week.

The results do not include provisional ballots or 9,500 mail ballots. Elections officials plan to resume counting of mail ballots Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Brickfield, the Republican candidate, was seeking a second term on the Pinellas County Commission in the at-large position representing District 1 against former member of the state House, Democrat Janet Long, who received 55 percent of the vote.

Bostock, the second Republican commissioner in the running Nov. 6, was seeking a second term in the at-large position representing District 3. Her opponent a former member of the state Senate and House, Democrat Charlie Justice received 52 percent of the vote.

It was a clean sweep for the Democrats. Incumbent Democrat Ken Welch, who was seeking his fourth term representing District 7, handily defeated his challenger Republican Buck Walz with 69 percent of the vote.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri also took down his challengers to keep his job. Gualtieri took in 59 percent of the vote against Democrat Scott Swope with 40 percent and write-in candidate Greg Pound with less than 1 percent. Gualtieri, a Republican, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011 to replace former Sheriff Jim Coats, who took early retirement. He defeated former Sheriff Everett Rice in the August primary.

Longtime incumbent Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark took in a clear majority, nearly 76 percent of the vote, against independent candidate Jack Killingsworth. Itís not the first time the two have faced off for the job; Clark defeated Killingsworth Nov. 4, 2008, with 61 percent of the vote. Clark has worked for the Elections Office since 1978 and served as deputy supervisor of elections in 1982. She was first-elected to the office of Supervisor of Elections in 2000.

School Board elections

Two nonpartisan school board runoff elections were scheduled during the Nov. 6 election.

Incumbent Janet R. Clark took the lead in the race for the District 1 at-large position with nearly 66 percent of the vote against Elliott Stern.

Rene Flowers garnered 77 percent of the vote for the District 7 position on the board against Glenton ďGlenĒ Gilzean, who was appointed to the job by Gov. Rick Scott after the death of Lew Williams.

Voters said yes by 63 percent to the ballot question to continue a one-half mill ad valorem tax for school operating expenses. The tax period would run from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.

Pinellas County voters first approved an additional one-half mill ad valorem (property) tax for school district operating expenses Nov. 2, 2004, according to the districtís website, referendum.pcsb.org. The tax period ran from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2009.

The money funds three specific areas: recruiting and retaining quality teachers; preserving reading programs and art and music classes; and providing up-to-date textbooks and technology.

To view the unofficial results of for other election information, visit votepinellas.com.
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