Sunday, May 20, 2018
Politics

Results of Pinellas elections include Kenneth City mayor winning second term

Voters in Pinellas County headed to the polls for some local elections Tuesday.

According to unofficial results from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, here are the winners:

Kenneth City mayor wins re-election

Teresa Zemaitis won her second term as mayor, easily defeating her opponent, council member Joanne DeSimone.

Zemaitis won with about 57 percent of the 901 votes that were cast.

Kenneth City voters also overwhelmingly approved changing the town charter to allow a commission to be appointed to change the charter every five years rather than every 10 years.

About 86 percent of 880 voters favored the change. The change will be effective this year.

St. Pete Beach race heading to runoff

Voters re-elected city Commissioner Marvin Shavlan, but a second commission race will head to a runoff.

District 3 incumbent Shavlan was returned to office by a comfortable margin, capturing nearly 54 percent of the vote to defeat his challenger Brooke Anderson.

In the District 1 race, only 66 votes separated the two top candidates with challenger Lorraine Huhn getting the most votes — 40 percent, to incumbent Al Halpern's 31 percent. Candidate Deb Edney came in third.

Because Huhn did not win a 50 percent plus 1 majority, she will face Halpern again in a runoff election March 13.

Safety Harbor elects two commissioners

Voters re-elected incumbent City Commissioner Nancy Besore, a high school teacher who was challenged by retired city accountant Elise Vinson, and elected first-time candidate Cliff Merz, an engineer and faculty researcher at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science.

Merz won 59 percent of the vote to defeat the incumbent, Commissioner Mary Lynda Williams, a Honeywell retiree who was elected in 2008.

Besore got 66 percent of the vote to defeat Vinson for the City Commission seat.

Tarpon Springs voters approve referendum

Voters approved a referendum allowing the Tarpon Springs Hospital Foundation to sell less than an acre of land at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital to a developer seeking to build a medical office.

The foundation will receive $500,000, and the developer will improve the parking lot in front of the hospital.

The referendum passed with more than 86 percent of the vote.

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