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Meet the Candidates: Sheriff, School Board, County Commission and More

Candidates for Pinellas County School Board, County Commission and the Pinellas County Sheriff's race will be at a Meet the Candidates Forum at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 20.

The Gulfport Democratic Club and St. Petersburg Republican Club are hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.

Several candidates already confirmed that they will attend. They include:

  • Bob Gualtieri, GOP candidate for Sheriff;
  • Scott Swope, Democratic candidate for Sheriff;
  • Jessica Ehrlich, U.S. District House 13 candidate (Democrat);
  • Buck Walz, Republican candidate for District 7, at large, County Commission;
  • Ken Welch, Democratic incumbent, District 7, at large, County Commission.

Gail Hebert with the St. Petersburg Republican Club says that U.S. Rep. Bill Young has not responded to the invitation to the forum. Ehrlich is challenging the Republican Congressman.

Gulfport Patch contacted Young's local office on Tuesday, but has not heard back.

Update: Wednesday, Sept. 19 4:10 p.m.: A representative with Young's office contacted Patch on Tuesday and confirmed that he will not be able to attend because the U.S. House of Representatives is in session.

Candidates will be given two minutes for opening remarks and then answer questions posed by the moderator, Bonnie Sklaren, with the Florida Nurses Association.

If time permits, audience members may ask questions at the end.

People are encouraged to come early to the event; doors open at 6 p.m. Some candidates may be on hand prior to the forum to meet and talk with voters.

Whether or not opponents show up, all candidates present can take part in the forum. Representatives of those unable to attend are also allowed to participate.

Below is a list of all the races and candidates invited to the forum:

US House District 13

  • C.W. Bill Young (REP) (I) - confirmed that he will not attend
  • Jessica Ehrlich (DEM) - confirmed to attend

Pinellas County Sheriff

  • Bob Gualtieri (REP) (I) - confirmed to attend
  • Scott Swope (DEM) - confirmed to attend
  • Greg Pound (WRI) - was not invited

Supervisor of Elections

  • Deborah Clark (REP) (I) - confirmed to attend
  • Jack Killingsworth (NRA) - confirmed to attend

Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

District 1 At Large

  • Neil Brickfield (REP) (I)- confirmed to attend
  • Janet C. Long (DEM) - confirmed to attend

District 3 At Large

  • Nancy Bostock (REP) - confirmed to attend
  • Charlie Justice (DEM) - confirmed to attend

District 7 At Large

  • Buck Walz (REP) - confirmed to attend
  • Ken Welch (DEM) (I) - confirmed to attend

Pinellas County School Board

District 1 - At Large

  • Janet R. Clark (NOP) (I) - confirmed to attend
  • Elliot Stern (NOP) - confirmed that he will not attend

District 7 - Single Member

  • Rene Flowers (NOP) - confirmed to attend
  • Glenton "Glen" Gilzean (NOP) (I) - confirmed to attend

FL State House, District 69

  • Kathleen Peters (REP) - confirmed to attend
  • Josh Shulman (DEM) - confirmed to attend

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For more information:

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections - 2012 General Election

Leslie Armstrong September 19, 2012 at 09:12 PM
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