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Largo mayor, commissioner re-elected by default; Seat 3 draws two candidates



Mayor Woody Brown and Commissioner Jamie Robinson will each serve another term after they drew no opponents before the Friday deadline to qualify to run in the Nov. 8 election.

"I'm happy to have four more years," Brown, 46, said. "I'm excited about the direction the city is going in."

He said he plans to continue focusing on mobility initiatives that would make the city more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. Brown and Robinson both said they look forward to supporting more development and redevelopment in the city. 

"There are a lot of things on the books now that we're working on that should really improve Largo in years to come," Robinson, 39, said. "I'm glad I'm going to be there to see it happen."

Brown, the owner of Main Street Chiropractic, became mayor in 2014 when former Mayor Pat Gerard stepped down to run for Pinellas County Commission. He was first elected to the commission for a three-year term in 2007 and was reelected in 2010. 

Robinson is a district manager of field operations with Advantage Solutions, a California-based marketing firm. He was elected to the commission for a four-year term in 2012.

Voters will still have the chance to cast their ballots in the Seat 3 race between incumbent Curtis Holmes, 66, and political newcomer Neil McMullen, 66.

Holmes, the owner of First Southeast Insurance Services, was elected to the commission in 2009 and reelected in 2012. McMullen, a descendant of one of the county's founding families, runs a consulting business for non-profit and faith-based organizations. 

The mayor and six commissioners serve four-year terms.The mayor makes about $21,400 a year and commissioners $14,300 annually.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 2:02pm]


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