Harriman edges out Frank by mere 112 votes
By ANNE LINDBERG
Published November 8, 2006
Lealman Fire Commissioner Becky Harriman squeaked out a victory to win re-election over challenger John Frank.
Harriman led throughout the evening, but it was close. At one point, Frank was trailing by only seven votes.
In the end, Harriman won by 112 votes. She received nearly 51 percent of the 6,950 votes cast compared with Frank's 49 percent.
Harriman focused her campaign on Frank's residency. Board members are required to live within the district. Frank fell afoul of that rule when county code officers determined he lived in Pinellas Park rather than the home he owns in Lealman. Fire board members voted him off the commission despite Frank's insistence that he lived in the home, which had no sewer service.
Frank tried to focus the race on taxes and what he saw as the board's failure to listen to the community.
Lealman is an unincorporated area that extends roughly from Interstate 275 to Park Street, between Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg.
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