Mike Twitty wins contest by default to be Pinellas County property appraiser
As candidates wait for the polls to close Tuesday, Mike Twitty can already celebrate his victory to be the next Pinellas County property appraiser.
He won the race Monday after the write-in challenger withdrew from the contest.
Twitty, who won the Republican primary in August, was slated to face write-in challenger Joseph Catalano. He had not raised any campaign contributions and faced a monumental task of beating Twitty.
"It's kind of weird," Twitty said Tuesday. "I was so geared up to having to wait. It's bittersweet."
Twitty has been a real estate appraiser for more than 26 years and has been the principal officer of his firm, Valbridge Property Advisors, for more than 23 years.
Twitty said he is in the process of divesting himself from the business and will be ready to take the oath of office on Jan. 3.
Once in office, Twitty wants to add more information to the website and make it friendlier for mobile users.
In the primary, Twitty won 60 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for Jim Frishe, a businessman and former state lawmaker. Of the 72,234 votes in the contest, Twiity won 43 percent from mail ballots.
Although Twitty was a newcomer to Pinellas politics, collected more than $150,000 in campaign contributions.
"It's a very hard process," Twitty said about entering politics. "You learn a lot about yourself."