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Morroni wins re-election with no opposition



Pinellas County Commissoner John Morroni, who beat back lymphoma last year, won another term in office when no one qualified to run against him Friday.

It's both a relief and a surprise, said Morroni, a Republican who has been on the board since 2000. A former Florida House member, it's his first unopposed re-election since 1998, he said. And it comes in a year of voter unease over incumbents.

"I know there’s a lot of angst with incumbent elected officials. But ... when people know you locally, the party affiliation doesn’t really matter," Morroni said.

It's also good news after battling cancer into remission.

"If there were time that I appreciate no campaign, it is this year, more than ever -- because of the stress and stuff a campaign puts on not just yourself, but your family too," he said.

Most other candidates, however, weren't so luck. Read the running story on today's qualifying event here.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:40pm]


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