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Polls open today for elections in 8 cities

Seminole, Gulfport and several beach communities are electing officials and amending their charters, among other things.

Published March 8, 2005

Voters head to the polls today in eight south Pinellas cities to pick council members, consider charter changes and decide referendums.

Four candidates are running for three seats on the Seminole City Council. Newcomer Dan Hester is challenging incumbents Patricia L. Hartstein, Jimmy Johnson and Pete Bengston. The top three vote-getters will win.

Seminole voters, like those in Treasure Island and Madeira Beach, will also decide on proposed changes to the city charter, or constitution.

The Gulfport race for the open Ward 2 council seat is crowded with three candidates. Michele King is running for election for the third time in four years. Joyce McMahon ran two years ago. Christine Brown is a first-timer.

South Pasadena incumbents Diane Sheldon and Chris Burgess are vying with Alex Haak, who has formerly run for mayor and commissioner. Voters will choose two.

In St. Pete Beach, first-time candidates Nancy Markoe and Harry Metz are running for the commission seat held by Lolly Kreider.

Treasure Island voters will select two representatives for their commission.

In the District 1 race, incumbent Phil Collins is facing a challenge from Rick Taylor, who is making his first run for public office. Incumbent Richard Kraus is trying to hold onto the District 3 seat against newcomer Carol Coward.

Former commissioner Doreen Moore is challenging incumbent Charles Parker for mayor of Madeira Beach. Former City Manager Jim Madden wants to be elected to the commission. He's running against Art Thomas.

Belleair Beach voters will choose a new mayor. The candidates are council member Bert Cutler and newcomer Rudy Davis.

In Redington Beach, voters will go to the polls to decide whether their elected officials should get raises and if Town Park should be renamed the Ronald W. Reagan Memorial Park.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

[Last modified March 8, 2005, 16:52:55]

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