Easy Recruiting for Pinellas Dems
Pinellas County Democrats are banking on the national political climate and fallout from the Jim Smith land deal to break the 50-year Republican lock on county government. Democratic leaders say the sense of optimism has made it easier to attract quality candidates for County Commission seats, constitutional officer jobs and state legislative races on the November ballot. Story here.
Three Democrats are eyeing County Commission seats: Clearwater businessman Paul Matton is seeking Ronnie Duncan's seat; Norm Roche, a veteran Democratic hopeful, has filed to run against Commissioner Karen Seel; Darden Rice, an experienced activist, is weighing a run for the seat long held by Bob Stewart. Democrats who have filed for constitutional jobs: St. Petersburg Realtor Ben Friedlander hopes to succeed Smith; Jack Killingsworth and Greg Rublee, a member of the Oldsmar City Council, want to challenge Elections Supervisor Deborah Clark; Randall Jones and John Pikramenos have filed to succeed Sheriff Jim Coats.