Young, Gualtieri, Brandes Leading in Polls Ahead of Primary

StPetePolls.org has released a news set of polling results for Pinellas County races leading up to the Aug. 14 primary.

Leading up to the Aug. 14 primary, Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and state senate candidate Jeff Brandes, among others, are leading in the polls. 

The local polling organization, StPetePolls.org, released the results today of their July survey of 6,124 likely voters. The results cover all Pinellas County races with the exception of statewide primaries.  

According to StPetePolls, the poll was conducted by an automated phone call polling system, with each voter being polled only on the races that are within their precinct and political party. 

Polling Results:

Republican Primary for U.S. Congressional District 13

  • Darren Ayres:          10.8%
  • Madeline Vance:       7.3%
  • C. W. Bill Young:     48.6%
  • Undecided:              33.3%

Republican Primary for State Senator District 20

  • Jack Latvala:          50.6%
  • Zahid Roy:             12.8%
  • Undecided:             36.6%

Republican Primary for State Senator District 22

  • Jeff Brandes:             41.6%
  • James Jim Frishe:       27.8%
  • Undecided:                30.6%

Republican Primary for U.S. Congressional District 14 

  • Eddie Adams, Jr.:   33.7%
  • Evelio EJ Otero:      20.6%
  • Undecided:             45.8%

Republican Primary for Pinellas County Sheriff

  • Bob Gualtieri:          43.3%
  • Everett Rice:           38.9%
  • Undecided:              17.8%

Democratic Primary for Pinellas County Commission District 7

  • Maria L. Scruggs:      27.3%
  • Ken Welch:              34.3%
  • Undecided:               38.4%

Nonpartisan Primary District 1 Pinellas County School Board

  • Janet R. Clark:             19.8%
  • Jim Jackson:               12.1%
  • Shelly Ladd-Gilbert:      22.9%
  • Elliott Stern:                10.2%
  • Undecided:                  35.0% 

Nonpartisan Primary District 7 Pinellas County School Board

  • Keisha Bell:                     10.2%
  • Rene Flowers:                  31.2%
  • Glenton Glen Gilzean:       17.1%
  • Corey Givens Jr.:              7.7%
  • Cassandra Jackson:           8.8%
  • Undecided:                      25.1%

Nonpartisan Primary Circuit Judge, 6th Circuit, Group 15 

  • Bill Burgess:           31.4%
  • Andy Steingold:      15.8%
  • Undecided:              52.8%

Nonpartisan Primary Circuit Judge, 6th Circuit, Group 31

  • Brian Battaglia:              22.6%
  • Kimberly Kim Campbell: 32.2%
  • Undecided:                  45.2%

Nonpartisan Primary Circuit Judge, 6th Circuit, Group 45 

  • Jack Day:                      26.5%
  • Agnes Theresa McCabe: 24.1%
  • Undecided:                      49.5%

Nonpartisan Primary Pinellas County Judge, Group 2 

  • Scott Andringa:          20.5%
  • Cathy Ann McKyton: 31.3%
  • Undecided:              48.2%

Democratic Primary State Rep. District 66 

  • Mary Louise Ambrose:    31.8%
  • Joanne Cookie Kennedy: 27.7%
  • Undecided:                    40.6%

Republican Primary State Rep. District 65 

  • Marg Baker:          14.7%
  • Peter Nehr:            28.9%
  • Tory Perfetti:          15.8%
  • Philip Tropea:          8.1%
  • Undecided:              32.4%

Republican Primary State Rep. District 67 

  • Ed Hooper:               40.5%
  • Christopher Shepard: 17.2%
  • Undecided:               42.4%

Republican Primary State Rep. District 68 

  • Frank Farkas:          42.5%
  • Daryle L. Hamel:      22.8%
  • Undecided:              34.7%

Republican Primary State Rep. District 69 

  • Jim Dobyns:              7.9%
  • Kathleen Peters:      24.8%
  • David Phillips:          24.2%
  • Undecided:              43.1%
Harvey A. Smith July 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Voters are finally getting the message. The back-and-forth contentious campaign commentary between front-runner Republican candidates, Everett Rice and Bob Gualtieri, about rising through the ranks and who’s more experienced and all the other little issues as they affect the future challenges facing the agency, don’t seem quite as important as the real issue of what it will take to successfully lead the agency during the next decade. Most voters acknowledge and applaud Everett Rice's many years of hard work and commitment to law enforcement. But it's really not about what he did years ago as sheriff but the energy and being up to speed with the changing technology and hard work needed to take on a declining budget while maintaining public safety and personnel challenges that lie ahead for the sheriff's office. Everett is a good man and he’s respected and liked by many both inside and outside the agency. He's earned his six-figure retirement bonus and generous pension so let him take a well-deserved rest and enjoy his retirement and not worry about how he might have to deal with the sheriff's office in four years when he's 72.
Lynda July 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM
It is hard to recruit people to be public servants. And equally hard to get them to leave when it is time. Rep Young has generously served the people (and his family!) over his many, many years in office, but it is time for him to retire gracefully before he destroys what is left of his legacy.
Jim Coats July 23, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I agree with Harvey!
Tim Ingold July 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Harvey I don't think you wanna talk about age, especially here in Pinellas County. Ronald Reagan was 70 when he took office and he served 2 terms in what many will say was the finest modern presidency the country ever knew. Its about integrity, honor and restoring professionalism to an agency that has been hard hit by budget cuts and misconduct.
Theresa Fedorczyk July 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Change is a good thing. Balance is a better thing. Keeping the same governance is not a good thing. Tim, President Reagan may have had a modern presidency, but he did not have balance. With balance/end-to-end quality process management, we would not have out of control government, e.g, out sourcing, creative fraud, etc.
FrannieFactFinder July 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Where is Deputy Paul Martin? Is he still on active duty in Pinellas County? What egregious behavior has been condoned by a light slap on the wrist, despite irrefutable proof of such law-breaking behavior? Mike Deeson's first 2 reports are just the tip of the iceberg... Because if Paul Martin still has a badge and gun, Sheriff Gualtieri, you got some 'splainin to do!
Harvey A. Smith July 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Tim, I'm 72 and I'm entitled to talk about age and retirement. Unfotunately, I don't have a very generous pension and a six-figure retirement DROP bonus to ease me into the easy life of sunny days on the golf course and beach. This race isn't about who's been promoted through the ranks the most or has more upper management experience running the agency. If that were the case, then Scott Swope would be wasting his time and I believe him to be qualified to run. The race isn't about all the little nasty "gotchas," allegations and accusations. It's about who can best manage the agency in the tough economical times we face now and in the future and still keep our county residents and visitors safe with a much-reduced budget. As far as I know, Bob Gualtieri is the only one who has proven himself to meet this challenge. The budget of the sheriff's office has taken heavy hits and will continue to take even more in the next five years. Crime, however, is down 12% (great!) and arrests are up (proving the bad guys are still out there). I just think that Everett Rice deserves to take his well-deserved break and let someone else take the reins. Voters have generously contributed to Everett's R & R so let him enjoy them.
The Masked Blogger July 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
The fact that some of these incumbents are leading the polls in their respective races is indicative of the apathetic nature of today's voters - Sad!
Bruno Starkey July 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
You would Coats...I mean, Mr Back Stabber!!!
Bruno Starkey July 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Well Said Tim!!!
Dad of Three July 27, 2012 at 07:19 PM
A sensible analysis by Mr Smith. It's time for Mr Rice to take his very comfy pension and, well, retire. Sheriff Gualtieri has done a fine job, and merits support for another term.


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