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County mayor gaining life in Pinellas



The Tampa Bay area is catching the county mayor bug.

Tuesday night, the county's charter review commission -- which has the power to put measures on the fall ballot -- decided to study an elected Pinellas County mayor. Nothing's been added to the ballot, but it keeps alive an issue that was taken lightly this spring when area mayors (not all of whom prefer dealing with a county administrator) started pushing it.

"It was good conversation," said County Commissioner Ken Welch, a review panel member and a skeptic. "We decided to take another look at it."

Meanwhile, a petition drive to put a similar question to Hillsborough voters is sparking more chatter. A considerably older debate in that county, that push is lagging, according to a recent Times report by Bill Varian. Columnist Sue Carlton has her own thoughts in her Wednesday column, too:

"Now, imagine your least favorite, most damaging politician — c'mon, you can think of a couple — in charge of the whole shebang. Around here, we do like to recycle.


David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:32pm]


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