Times recommends Hackworth, Harris for Pinellas commission
In Pinellas County Commission races, the Times editorial board had recommended Democratic challenger Bob Hackworth over incumbent Susan Latvala, a Republican, in one of the most scrutinized local races. County Commissioner Calvin Harris, a Democrat, won the nod over challenger Norme Roche, a Republican making his fourth bid for a board seat.
Read the editorial that will run Wednesday here. A snippet from the Hackworth recommendation:
"Hackworth's creative problem-solving could be invaluable on the County Commission. He said he will work for development of new revenue sources, consolidation of services such as fire protection and EMS, creation of partnership agreements with cities and other taxing districts, development of well-planned mass transit, protection of environmental lands and more government transparency.
"Latvala, 61, has served 10 years on the commission and won a three-way Republican primary in August. She has not had such a credible challenger until this election. That political security has fed an arrogance and allowed her to avoid accountability for some of her most controversial positions. Among those was her push for use of preservation lands for ball fields and water projects."