Friday, June 22, 2018
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Most fire board members in Lealman and Pinellas Suncoast elected without opposition

Most candidates for seats on two independent fire boards had no opposition when filing closed Friday. But voters in the unincorporated Lealman area will see a three-way battle for Seat 1 on that area's fire commission.

Incumbent Lawrence "Larry" G. Schear drew no opposition for his seat on the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue commission. Also taking seats on that board will be Laura T. Martin and James C. Terry. Suncoast serves Belleair Beach, Belleair Shore, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, and the unincorporated Oakhurst area.

Incumbent Vivian Diane Campbell will retain her seat on the Lealman Fire Commission. Also elected to that board was Jay D. Alexander.

Incumbent Linda Campbell, who is not related to Vivian Diane Campbell, will face John Frank and Eric A. Blum in November. Frank is a former member of the Lealman board whom other members kicked off because they said he does not live in the district, which is a requirement for serving the board. Frank denies the charge. Blum is a consultant.

The Lealman Fire District is located generally between the cities of St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park. It extends generally from Interstate 275 to Park Street. Kenneth City, which lies in the center, is not a part of the district.

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