Qualifying Week – Day 5 [Part II]

Today was the final day of qualifying for state and local office. Here are some notes from local races:

Hillsborough County

Clerk of the Court Pat Frank (D), Sheriff David Gee (R) as well as School Board Members Dorothea Edgecomb and Jack Lamb were all re-elected automatically when their opponents, if any, failed to qualify. Tax Collector Doug Belden (R) and County Commissioner Al Higgenbotham (R) are both virtually re-elected, as their only opponents will be No Party Affiliation candidates. County Commission District 2 will have a closed primary as Commissioner Ken Hagan faces a Republican and write-in candidate. The rest of the local races are contested.

Pinellas County

Clerk of the Court Ken Burke (R), Tax Collector Diane Nelson (R), and School Board Member Carol Cook were all re-elected without opposition. The rest of the local races are contested.

Manatee County

All five of the Constitutional Officers (all Republicans), along with School Board Member Robert Gause were re-elected without opposition. More interestingly, the only candidates who qualified to run for County Commisson — in all four districts — are all Republicans; three of the four districts will feature open primaries, as only one has a write-in candidate. I guess you can really paint this county red!

Pasco County

Property Appraiser Mike Wells (R), Tax Collector Mike Olson (D), and School Board Member Kathryn Starkey were re-elected without opposition. The rest of the local races are contested.

Polk County

Clerk of the Court Richard Weiss, Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards, Tax Collector Joe Tedder, and School Board Members Frank O’Reilly and Lori Cunningham were all re-elected without opposition. Sheriff Grady Judd was virtually re-elected, as he faces only a write-in candidate. County Commission District 1 will be open to all voters, as only Republicans have qualified for the seat. The rest of the local races are contested.

Please note: The information above was taken from local supervisor of elections websites in each county. Any incorrect information is due to incomplete information on the SOE website.

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