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Charge against Clearwater council candidate dropped

CLEARWATER — Herb Quintero was holding a political sign and waving at cars along Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard on Friday, relieved that a criminal charge against him has been dropped.

Quintero, a candidate for Clearwater City Council, was arrested last week on a warrant for a felony charge of obtaining property in return for a worthless check.

A construction contractor, Quintero was accused of writing a bad check to a subcontractor. He said it was a misunderstanding involving a postdated check and that he had settled the matter with the subcontractor several months ago. He said the arrest took him by surprise.

After his attorney consulted with prosecutors, the charge was dropped.

Quintero, 41, is running for City Council Seat 4 in Tuesday's municipal election against candidates Wayne Carothers, Bill Jonson and Joe Paige.

The timing of the arrest wasn't exactly ideal for his political prospects.

He spoke publicly about it at a candidate forum this week, and he hopes voters will look past it.

"People understand that these things happen," he said. "Whether it has an impact on the election, we'll see on March 9."

Mike Brassfield can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4160.

Charge against Clearwater council candidate dropped 03/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 8:00pm]
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