Friday, December 15, 2017
Editorials

Tampa Bay Times recommendations for Aug. 26 primary

The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board has recommended the following candidates for the Aug. 26 primary. More recommendations will be posted to this page as they are printed daily in the Times.

Races for school board and judge are nonpartisan and open to all voters. Races with only two candidates will be decided in the primary election. But in larger fields, if no one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, the two top vote getters will compete in the November general election.

In partisan races, Florida is a closed primary state, meaning only voters registered in the same party are allowed to vote for that party's nominee. However, in the Republican primary for the Pinellas County Commission, District 6, all voters will cast ballots because there is no general election opposition.

Governor

Democrats: CHARLIE CRIST

Republicans: RICK SCOTT

Attorney General

Democrats: GEORGE SHELDON

Florida Legislature

Senate>

District 20, Republicans: JACK LATVALA

House of Representatives

District 36, Republicans: JAMES MATHIEU

District 61, Democrats: EDWIN "ED" NARAIN

District 64, Republicans: MIRIAM STEINBERG

District 65, Republicans: CHRIS SPROWLS

District 67, Democrats: STEVE SARNOFF

District 67, Republicans: CHRIS LATVALA

District 68, Republicans: BILL YOUNG

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State Courts

5th Judicial Circuit (including Hernando)

Group 3: MARY HATCHER

6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas-Pasco)

Group 1: SUSAN ST. JOHN

Group 2: ALICIA POLK

Group 16: KIMBERLY SHARPE

Group 21: PHIL MATTHEY

Group 35: BRUCE BOYER

13th Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough)

Group 8: BARBARA TWINE THOMAS

Group 19: MICHAEL SCIONTI

Group 20: KAREN STANLEY

Group 34: ROBERT BAUMAN

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Hillsborough County

County Commission

District 4, Republicans: JANET DOUGHERTY

District 7, Democrats: PATRICIA "PAT" KEMP

District 7, Republicans: AL HIGGINBOTHAM

County Judge

Group 12: CHRIS NASH

School Board

District 2, south county: MICHELLE POPP SCHIMBERG

District 4, east county: MELISSA SNIVELY

District 6, countywide: ALISON McGILLIVRAY FERNANDEZ

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Pinellas County

County Commission

District 2, Republicans: ED HOOPER

District 4, Republicans: DAVE EGGERS

District 6, all voters: JOHN MORRONI

School Board

District 2, countywide: TERRY KRASSNER

District 3, countywide: PEGGY O'SHEA

District 4, North Pinellas: KEN PELUSO

District 6, South Pinellas: LINDA LERNER

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Pasco County

County Commission

District 2, Republicans: BOB ROBERTSON

District 4, all voters: MIKE WELLS

School Board

District 5: Steve Luikart

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Hernando County

County Commission

District 4, Republicans: LAURIE PIZZO

School Board

District 1: MARK JOHNSON

District 3: JAY ROWDEN

District 5: SUSAN DUVAL

Comments
Editorial: Rubio should make good his threat to oppose tax cuts without changes

Editorial: Rubio should make good his threat to oppose tax cuts without changes

For once, it would be nice to see Sen. Marco Rubio stand up as the independent leader he aspires to become. For once, the Florida Republican should hold his position rather than bow to pragmatic politics. Rubio can stick with his threat Thursday to v...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Another voice: A shameful anniversary

Josephine "Joey" Gay should have celebrated her 12th birthday this week. She should have been surrounded by friends and family in a place festooned with purple, her favorite color.Chase Kowalski should have been working toward a Boy Scout merit badge...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Editorial: Congress should block efforts to expand offshore drilling

Editorial: Congress should block efforts to expand offshore drilling

Timing is everything, and Sen. Bill Nelson seized the right moment this week to call on his colleagues to pass legislation he filed earlier this year that would block the Trump administration from opening additional areas to offshore drilling. With t...
Published: 12/13/17

Another voice: Alabama picks an honorable man

THANK YOU, Alabama.In Tuesday’s special election, the state by a narrow margin chose to spare the nation the indignity of seating an accused child molester in the U.S. Senate. Though the stain of electing Republican Roy Moore would have sullied Alaba...
Published: 12/12/17
Updated: 12/13/17
Editorial: Tax cuts aren’t worth harm to Tampa Bay

Editorial: Tax cuts aren’t worth harm to Tampa Bay

As congressional negotiators hammer out the details on an enormous, unnecessary tax cut, the potential negative impact on Tampa Bay and Florida is becoming clearer. The harmful consequences stretch far beyond adding more than $1.4 trillion to the fed...
Published: 12/12/17

Another voice: Privacy in the internet age

How much information about you is on your cellphone? Likely the most intimate details of your life: photographs, internet searches, text and email conversations with friends and colleagues. And though you might not know it, your phone is constantly c...
Published: 12/10/17
Updated: 12/11/17
Editorial: Grand jury could force reforms of juvenile justice system

Editorial: Grand jury could force reforms of juvenile justice system

Confronted with documentation of sanctioned brutality and sexual abuse in Florida’s juvenile detention centers, the reaction from Gov. Rick Scott’s administration was defensive and obtuse. So it’s welcome news that Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/11/17

Editorial: U.S. House sides with NRA over state’s rights on concealed weapons permits

With the horror of the mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music concert and a small Texas church still fresh, the U.S. House finally has taken action on guns. But the bill it passed last week won’t make Americans safer from gun violence. It is an ...
Published: 12/07/17
Editorial: Hillsborough cannot afford pay raises for teachers

Editorial: Hillsborough cannot afford pay raises for teachers

There is no satisfaction for anyone in the standoff over pay raises between the Hillsborough County School District and its teachers. Most teachers across the nation already are underpaid, but this district simply cannot afford the raises teachers ex...
Published: 12/07/17
Editorial: Impact of Water Street project extends beyond buildings

Editorial: Impact of Water Street project extends beyond buildings

With a buildout of $3 billion encompassing entire city blocks, it’s obvious that Jeff Vinik’s plans will change the look and feel of downtown Tampa. But the Tampa Bay Lightning owner unveiled a broader vision last week that reflects how far the impac...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/08/17