Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Some cities holding elections today

There's more than just GOP in some cities

Tampa Bay cities want to spread the word: You don't have to be Republican to vote in the nonpartisan elections and referendums being held in some cities today in conjunction with the Republican presidential preference primary. Here are the local elections on the ballot:

Clearwater voters will choose a new mayor to replace Frank Hibbard, who is term limited. The candidates are George Cretekos, a current City Council member, and newcomer Christine Marketos-Cuomo. Voters will also make decisions on three referendum questions, including one that would allow council members and the mayor to serve 12 years instead of eight.

Kenneth City voters will decide whether Mayor Teresa Zemaitis will continue in that post or be replaced by Town Council member Joanne DeSimone. They will also vote on one charter referendum question.

• In Safety Harbor, residents will make decisions in two City Commission races. Incumbent Mary Lynda Williams is opposed by newcomer Cliff Merz, and incumbent Nancy Besore is facing former city employee Elise Vinson.

St. Pete Beach voters will choose two commissioners. In District 1, incumbent Al Halpern is opposed by Deb Edney and Lorraine Huhn. Candidates running in District 3 are Brooke M. Anderson and incumbent Marvin Shavlan. You must live in the district to vote in a district race.

• Voters in Temple Terrace will decide whether to offer tax incentives to encourage new and expanding businesses in the city. Hillsborough County, Tampa and Plant City voters have previously approved similar tax incentive programs.

Tarpon Springs residents will decide whether Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital can sell a 0.62-acre sliver of its land to a developer who plans to build a medical office building next door.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Times staff

Some cities holding elections today 01/30/12 [Last modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 11:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics


     Winner of the week

    Peter Antonacci. Gov. Rick Scott tapped his go-to utility player to lead his Florida job recruiting agency, Enterprise Florida, having previously picked him for his general counsel, to lead the South Florida Water Management District and to serve as Palm Beach state …

  2. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 19: A peregrina spends the whole day under the weather, and part of the day under the table


    Day 19: El Burgo Ranero to Puente Villarente: 25.4 km, 7.5 hours (Total for Days 1-19 = 454 km (282 miles)

    This list pretty much sums up my day:

    Eat two bananas

    Walk 13.1 kilometers


    Walk 6.2 kilometers


    Eat half an apple

    Walk 6.1 kilometers

    Crash< …

  3. Storm routs Cleveland


    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  4. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.
  5. Rowdies shut out Charleston


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.