Mayor Maria Lowe, St. Pete Beach Commission District 1 Terri Finnerty and St. Pete Beach Commission District 3 Gregory Premer.
ST. PETE BEACH – Three newcomers will lead the city of St. Pete Beach. The city's voters elected a new mayor and two new commissioners during the March 11 municipal election.
Maria Lowe defeated incumbent Steve McFarlin to take over the mayor's job. Terri Finnerty defeated incumbent Lorraine Huhn for the District 1 commission seat. Gregory Premer took in the most votes against fellow newcomer James Anderson for the District 3 seat held by Ward Friszolowski, who served as interim commissioner after Marvin Shavlan moved outside the city.
According to unofficial results posted on the Supervisor of Elections website, in the mayor’s race, Lowe received 2,047 votes, 52.41 percent. McFarlin took in 1,859 votes, 47.59 percent.
In the race for District 1 commissioner, Finnerty received 460 votes, 51.34 percent. Huhn garnered 436 votes, 48.66 percent. Premer took in the most votes, 547, or 54.43 percent for the District 3 seat. Anderson received 458 votes, 45.57 percent.
St. Pete Beach voters cast 3,906 votes in the mayor’s race, 896 for commissioner District 1 and 1,005 for commissioner District 3. Voters had returned 72.8 percent of 1,634 mail ballots requested as of March 10. Thirty-three took advantage of early voting. In the race for District 1, 71.5 percent of 854 mail ballots distributed were returned, and 20 voted early. In District 3, 71.4 percent of 923 mail ballots were returned as of March 10 and 19 took advantage of early voting.
St. Pete residents also joined with joined with others in Pinellas County to pick a new representative for District 13 in the U.S. Congress. Republican David Jolly defeated challengers Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby. He will fill the seat left vacant after former Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young died Oct. 18.
According to Elections Administrator Nancy Whitlock, counts from the provisional ballots will be added. The unofficial results also do not contain all mail ballots or 10-day overseas ballots.
Official election results cannot be certified until votes from the 10-day overseas ballots are added to unofficial results, and the earliest that can occur is the 10th day after the election. The deadline to certify official election results is noon on the 12th day after the election.