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Rundown of Tuesday's races in South Pinellas

Voters in eight South Pinellas municipalities head to the polls Tuesday to choose mayors, council members, or decide whether to change the charter that sets the framework for their city's government.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Workers at the polls can answer questions. Or, for a list of polling places and other information, go to votepinellas.com, the website for Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, or call her office at (727) 464-6788.

Here's a short rundown of the South Pinellas races:

Belleair Beach

Two council members, Kathy Mortenson, 65, a retired medical technologist, and Stan Sofer, 68, a business owner, are vying for the mayor's seat.

Belleair Beach residents will also vote on five charter amendments that include changing the role of the city manager and changing the terms of the mayor and City Council.

Gulfport

Two political newcomers, Barbara Banno, 40, owner of Stella's Deli, and Avrio Taylor, 55, a registered nurse, are running for the vacant Ward 2 City Council seat.

Kenneth City

Incumbents Ron Sneed and Allen Schopp are running against former council member Philip Redisch and political newcomer Troy Campbell for the two open seats on the Town Council. Campbell, 42, is a systems analyst. Redisch, 75, is retired. Schopp, 62, is semiretired. Sneed, 51, is a contractor. The two top vote-getters will go into office.

Madeira Beach

Steve Kochick, 65, a retired New York City fire lieutenant, and Travis Palladeno, 46, a charter boat captain and business owner, are facing off in the race for mayor.

Seminole

Incumbents Bob Matthews and John Counts are fielding challenges from Chris Burke and Thomas J. Christy for the two open seats on the City Council. Burke, 46, is a police officer. Christy, 59, is semiretired. Counts, 44, is a bank manager. Matthews, 66, is retired. The two top vote-getters will be elected.

South Pasadena

Two seats are up for grabs on the City Commission and four candidates want to fill the openings: incumbent Arthur Penny, 52, a community manager; Dan Calabria, 74, retired from the mutual fund industry; Alan Devereaux, 55, a medical technician; and Max V. Elson, 68, a business owner and consultant. The two top vote-getters will take office.

St. Pete Beach

Three challengers are taking on incumbent Mike Finnerty, 63, in the mayor's race. Finnerty, a retiree, faces Will Jacoby, 60, a retired business owner; Bruce Kadoura, 63, a retired accountant; and Steve McFarlin, 54, a retired business owner.

In the race for the District 4 seat on the St. Pete Beach City Council, voters have a choice between two business owners, Beverly Garnett, 54, and Harry Metz, 70.

Treasure Island

The race for the District 1 commission seat pits incumbent Phil Collins, 62, a retiree, against Dominique Marie Reiter, 64, the director of the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Treasure Island voters also have 10 charter amendment questions that range from determining how commission vacancies are filled to how ordinances are repealed.

Reach Anne Lindberg at alindberg@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8450.

Rundown of Tuesday's races in South Pinellas 03/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 5, 2011 3:30am]
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