Pinellas Beaches Election Guide
The Pinellas Beaches Patch is devoted to bringing voters the information they need for the primary and general election. Here's our start on the candidates and campaigns. Bookmark this page for updates.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Pinellas Beaches Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.
- Sample Ballot: To see your sample ballot, go to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website and enter your address in the Precinct Finder.
- Polling locations: To find polling locations and precincts, click here.
- Early Voting: You may vote early from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3. You can find full information how to do so here.
- Pinellas County Sheriff
- Supervisor of Elections
- Board of County Commissioners, District 1 (at large)
- Board of County Commissioners, District 3 (at large)
- Board of County Commissioners, District 7
- School Board, District 1 (at large)
- School Board, District 7
- State Representative, District 65: Peter Nehr (Republican), Carl "Z" Zimmerman (Democrat)
- State Representative, District 66: Larry Ahern (Republican), Mary Louise Ambrose (Democrat)
- State Representative, District 67: Ed Hooper (Republican), Ben Farrell (Democrat)
- State Representative, District 68: Frank Farkas (Republican), Dwight Dudley (Democrat), Matthew D. Weidner (no party affiliation)
- State Representative, District 69: Kathleen Peters (Republican), Josh Shulman (Democrat)
- State Senate, District 20: Jack Latalva (Republican), Ashley M. Rhodes-Courter (Democrat)
- State Senate, District 22: Jeff Brandes (Republican), Raymond Alan Baker (write-in)
- Justice of the Supreme Court (Retention, nonpartisan): R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente, Peggy A. Quince
- Judge of a District Court of Appeal, 2nd District (Retention, nonpartisan): Anthony K. Black, Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis Jr., Edward C. LaRose
- U.S. Congress, District 12: Gus Bilirakis (Republican), Jonathan Snow (Democrat), Paul Elliott (no party affiliation), John Russell (no party affiliation)
- U.S. Congress, District 13: C.W. Bill Young (Republican), Jessica Ehrlich (Democrat)
- U.S. Congress, District 14: Evelio "EJ" Otero (Republican), Kathy Castor (Democrat)
- U.S. Senate: Connie Mack (Republican), Bill Nelson (Democrat), Bill Gaylor (no party affiliation), Chris Borgia (no party affiliation)
- U.S. President: Barack Obama (Democrat), Mitt Romney (Republican),other candidates
St. Pete Beach Referendums:
Here's a quick look at some campaigns and emerging issues for voters in Pinellas County.
- President Barack Obama opened a St. Petersburg campaign office, which serves as the Pinellas County Office. A teen from Bay Point Middle School helps oversee the phone banks.
- Mitt Romney's Pinellas County Election Office is in Clearwater. Romney already has made a couple stops in Pinellas: He was in Dunedin, as he sought Florida's support to be the presidential candidate. Romney also made a stop in St. Petersburg in May.
- The Florida election is at the center of a controversy, as the Gov. Rick Scott Administration has sought to purge voter rolls of non-citizenswho may be registered to vote. The Department of Justice is taking the state of Florida to court, arguing that the purge violates federal law, since it is taking place less than 90 days before the primary. In Pinellas County, the Supervisor of Elections halted the purge, after discovering inaccuracies on the list of "non-citizens" provided by the state.
- The 2012 primary for Pinellas County has its slate of candidates. Across Pinellas County,candidates have qualified to run in the primary and in general election. There are races for Pinellas County Sheriff, Pinellas County School Board and County Commision and County Judge.
- In the Florida election, supporters are bankrolling their choice for president. In Florida, Mitt Romney has already raised more money than President Obama and Newt Gingirch combined,according to media reports in June.