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Some cities holding elections today

There's more than just GOP in some cities

Tampa Bay cities want to spread the word: You don't have to be Republican to vote in the nonpartisan elections and referendums being held in some cities today in conjunction with the Republican presidential preference primary. Here are the local elections on the ballot:

Clearwater voters will choose a new mayor to replace Frank Hibbard, who is term limited. The candidates are George Cretekos, a current City Council member, and newcomer Christine Marketos-Cuomo. Voters will also make decisions on three referendum questions, including one that would allow council members and the mayor to serve 12 years instead of eight.

Kenneth City voters will decide whether Mayor Teresa Zemaitis will continue in that post or be replaced by Town Council member Joanne DeSimone. They will also vote on one charter referendum question.

• In Safety Harbor, residents will make decisions in two City Commission races. Incumbent Mary Lynda Williams is opposed by newcomer Cliff Merz, and incumbent Nancy Besore is facing former city employee Elise Vinson.

St. Pete Beach voters will choose two commissioners. In District 1, incumbent Al Halpern is opposed by Deb Edney and Lorraine Huhn. Candidates running in District 3 are Brooke M. Anderson and incumbent Marvin Shavlan. You must live in the district to vote in a district race.

• Voters in Temple Terrace will decide whether to offer tax incentives to encourage new and expanding businesses in the city. Hillsborough County, Tampa and Plant City voters have previously approved similar tax incentive programs.

Tarpon Springs residents will decide whether Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital can sell a 0.62-acre sliver of its land to a developer who plans to build a medical office building next door.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Times staff