Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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

Correction

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Editorial: Allegiant Air still has safety issues

Editorial: Allegiant Air still has safety issues

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Published: 04/21/18

Editorial: Women’s work undervalued in bay area

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Editorial: Florida’s death penalty fading away on its own

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Editorial: A missed chance for open primary elections

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Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/23/18
Editorial: New Cuba president is chance for new start

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Published: 04/20/18
Editorial: When they visit Nature’s Classroom, kids are right where they belong

Editorial: When they visit Nature’s Classroom, kids are right where they belong

The Hillsborough school district planted a fruitful seed with the opening of Nature’s Classroom five decades ago on the cypress-lined banks of the Hillsborough River northeast of Tampa. • The lessons taught there to some 17,000 sixth graders each yea...
Published: 04/20/18

Editorial: Equality pays off on Southwest Flight 1380

The passengers of Southwest Flight 1380 can be thankful that, 33 years ago, the U.S. Navy took the lead on equal opportunity.Capt. Tammie Jo Shults was piloting the flight from New York to Dallas on Tuesday when an engine exploded, blowing out a wind...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18
Editorial: Why single-member districts would be bad for Hillsborough commission

Editorial: Why single-member districts would be bad for Hillsborough commission

Anyone looking to make Hillsborough County government bigger, costlier, more dysfunctional and less of a regional force should love the idea that Commissioner Sandy Murman rolled out this week. She proposes enlarging the seven-member board to nine, e...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18