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Firefighters Back McCallum-Sorta



Democrat Liz McCallum announced the endorsement of the Pinellas County Council of Firefighters. Maybe that will tamp down talk that former USF St. Pete CEO Bill Heller is a shoe to win the Democratic nomination to succeed Frank Farkas in House District 52. McCallum also said she qualified for the ballot by petition earlier than expected and that she's opening a campaign officer much sooner than planned. "We had to open up early - we needed extra space for all the volunteers to began working,'' she said in a statement.

UPDATE: That endorsement is not so clear cut. Winnie Newton, president of the St Petersburg Association of Firefighters, said members interviewed Heller but that he told them at the time he hadn't decided whether he would get in the race.

Said Newton: We didn't choose her over Bill Heller. .. He did very well in the interview process and was very well received. But we couldn't consider him. How do you endorse someone who hasn't decided if they're going to run or not.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:04pm]


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