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Published Oct. 28, 2008

Here are the Times' recommendations for the Nov. 4 election. The full recommendations can be found at and news coverage at

President: Barack Obama

Constitutional amendments

Amendment 1: Yes

Amendment 2: No

Amendment 3: Yes

Amendment 4: Yes

Amendment 6: Yes

Amendment 8: Yes

Merit retention of judges

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Wells: Yes

2nd District Court of Appeal Judge Chris Altenbernd: Yes

2nd District Court of Appeal Judge Carolyn Fulmer: Yes

2nd District Court of Appeal Judge Morris Silberman: Yes

2nd District Court of Appeal Judge James Whatley: Yes

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Group 8: Robert Angus Williams


U.S. House District 5: Ginny Brown-Waite

U.S. House District 9: Gus Bilirakis

U.S. House District 10: C.W. Bill Young

U.S. House District 11: Kathy Castor


House District 44: Jason Melton (replaced Joe Puglia)

House District 46: John Legg

House District 47: Kevin C. Ambler

House District 48: Carl Zimmermann

House District 51: Janet Long

House District 52: Bill Heller

House District 54: George Gonzalez

House District 55: Darryl Rouson

House District 56: Lewis Laricchia

House District 57: Yvonne Yolie Capin

House District 60: Ed Homan

Senate District 11: Mike Fasano


Property Appraiser: Pam Dubov

Sheriff: Jim Coats

Supervisor of Elections: Deborah Clark

County Commission District 1: Neil Brickfield

County Commission District 3: Nancy Bostock

County Commission District 5: Karen Seel

School Board District 1: Jennifer Crockett

School Board District 2: Nina Hayden

School Board District 4: Ken Peluso

Pinellas charter amendment protecting environmental lands: Yes


Supervisor of Elections: Phyllis Busansky

Property Appraiser: Rob Turner

Tax Collector: Doug Belden

School Board District 7: Carol W. Kurdell

County Commission District 2: Ken Hagan

County Commission District 4: Al Higginbotham

County Commission District 6: Kevin Beckner

Hillsborough County charter question on creating countywide mayor veto: Yes

Hillsborough referendum on extending land-buying program: Yes

Tampa city charter on city council attorney: Yes