• With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Kathleen Peters defeated Democrat Amy Kedron 60 percent to 40 percent for the District 6 seat on the Pinellas County Commission.
• Kedron, a political newcomer, faced an uphill battle once she entered the race this summer. Peters, a state lawmaker, will take office on Nov. 20.
• The District 6 area leans Republican.
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Republican state Rep. Kathleen Peters cruised to victory in the lone contested race for the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday.
Unofficial results show that Peters 57, of South Pasadena, won 60 percent of the vote over Amy Kedron, 42, a former college instructor from St. Petersburg.
"I can't thank my supporters and volunteers enough for helping me to victory tonight," Peters said from a celebration at a Treasure Island restaurant. "I look forward to continuing Commissioner John Morroni's legacy of collaborative bipartisanship on the Pinellas County Commission."
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District 6 generally includes Pinellas Park, Seminole, northeast St. Petersburg and the south beaches. Morroni held the seat since 2000. He died in May.
Peters, a former mayor of South Pasadena, was first elected to the state House in 2012 and had two more years before term limits would have forced her out.
Her dislike of partisan politics in Tallahassee put her at odds with the House Republican leaders.
She never backed away from challenging leadership, regardless of consequences. She opposed House Speaker Richard Corcoran's efforts to dismantle Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, and she challenged how Corcoran and other lawyers in the Legislature work for firms that lobby.
Corcoran removed her as chairwoman of a subcommittee, relocated her to a fourth-floor office next to a Democrat, then isolated her at the end of a row next to two vacant seats to be filled by new lawmakers.
Peters, confronted thorny local issues to help Pinellas residents. She helped pass legislation to reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board after a Tampa Bay Times' investigation exposed a lack of oversight.
When St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman failed to properly notify residents of sewage spills, Peters helped pass legislation that now requires the public to be notified within 24 hours of a discharge.
Besides working to keep taxes low and help recruit businesses and jobs, her goal is to create a coordinated system of care for the mentally ill and those battling addiction problems because both issues often intersect, she said.
In the House, Peters became an authority on mental health by visiting prisons, mental hospitals and judges. She said that resonates with voters because so many families struggle with those issues.
"My main focus will continue to be mental health and addiction treatment to help suffering Pinellas families," Peters said Tuesday.
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