It's Primary Voting Day

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Here is a quick rundown on key races.

It's Primary Election Day across Pinellas County, with the capturing the most attention as voters head to the polls. But there are other races with their own dramas and cliffhangers.

Here's a look at some key races in Pinellas County:

  • , two seasoned lawmen are the frontrunners in a field trying to secure a place on the GOP ticket this fall: Interim Sheriff Bob Gualtier faces Everett Rice.
  • In Senate District 22, Reps. Jim Frishe and Jeff Brandes are vying to represent south Pinellas and South Tampa. Brandes is a freshman House member, and Frishe is a veteran lawmaker and real estate agent. Both are Republicans; no Democrat was fielded for the seat.
  • The District 7 Pinellas County School Board seat has five candidates vying to ifill a post held by Lew Williams, who passed away last year. The  candidates are: interim member Glenton Gilzean Jr., appointed by Gov. Rick Scott; Rene Flowers, a former St. Petersburg council member; attorney Keisha Bell; teacher Cassandra Jackson; and Corey Give.

Quick tips on Voting Day

1.) If you need to find your precinct or voting place, visit Vote Pinellas.

2.) Check to make sure you are registered to vote.




Lynda August 14, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I hope people will take time to vote in these primary elections. Even candidates who seem to be overwhelming favorites need to know political offices are not guaranteed simply because of one's name or one's past earmarks or one's negative commercials about opponents. Primary elections are a good time to send a message to incumbents, especially long-time incumbents, that people are willing to hold each one of them accountable for their actions or in-actions on issues. And Primary elections are a good time to vote in new candidates who will bring new ideas to the fall elections. Hope there is a big turn out today.


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