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Here are theTampa Bay Timesrecommendations for the Aug. 26 primary election. The full recommendations can be found at


Governor, Republicans: Rick Scott

Governor, Democrats: Charlie Crist

Attorney General, Democrats: George Sheldon


Senate District 20, Republicans: Jack Latvala

House District 36, Republicans: James Mathieu

House District 61, Democrats: Edwin "Ed" Narain

House District 64, Republicans: Miriam Steinberg

House District 65, Republicans: Chris Sprowls

House District 67, Democrats: Steve Sarnoff

House District 67, Republicans: Chris Latvala

House District 68, Republicans: Bill Young


Circuit Judge, 5th Circuit

(including Hernando)

Group 3: Mary Hatcher

Circuit Judge, 6th Circuit

(Pinellas, Pasco)

Group 1: Susan St. John

Group 2: Alicia Polk

Group 16: Kimberly Sharpe

Group 21: Phil Matthey

Group 35: Bruce Boyer

Circuit Judge, 13th Circuit


Group 8: Barbara Twine Thomas

Group 19: Michael Scionti

Group 20: Karen Stanley

Group 34: Robert Bauman

Hillsborough County Judge

Group 12: Chris Nash


Hernando County


District 1: Mark Johnson

District 3: Jay Rowden

District 5: Susan Duval


District 4: Laurie Pizzo

Hillsborough County


District 4, Republicans: Janet Dougherty

District 7, Democrats: Patricia "Pat" Kemp

District 7, Republicans: Al Higginbotham


District 2: Michelle Popp Shimberg

District 4: Melissa Snively

District 6: Alison McGillivray Fernandez

Pasco County


District 5: Steve Luikart


District 2: Bob Robertson

District 4: Mike Wells

Pinellas County


District 2, Republicans: Ed Hooper

District 4, Republicans: Dave Eggers

District 6, all voters: John Morroni

Pinellas County referendum on business tax exemption: Yes


District 2: Terry Krassner

District 3: Peggy O'Shea

District 4: Ken Peluso

District 6: Linda Lerner

Here are theTampa Bay Timesrecommendations for the Aug. 26 primary election. The full recommendations can be found at 08/11/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 11, 2014 6:11pm]
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