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Pinellas Elections Supervisor Announces Retirement

Deborah Clark | Julie Marcus | Elrections

Deborah Clark’s retirement will be effective March 31, about five months before her position is up for election.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Deborah Clark is retiring after 42 years with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office, almost 20 of which she served as head of the office.

“I have been so honored to serve the people of Pinellas County as their supervisor of elections,” Clark said. “Now it is time to move to the next chapter of my life, as I look forward to spending more time with my wonderful husband and family.”

The upcoming Presidential Preference Primary and municipal elections are March 17. Clark will remain in her position through March 31 and will be on the canvassing board to certify that election.

In a letter to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, she recommended that her chief deputy, Julie Marcus, be appointed to fill out her term, which ends in November. Democrat Ruqaiyah McGee is the only announced candidate for the position, which is on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Clark joined the Elections office in 1978 and served as deputy administrator from 1982 through June 2000. In June 2000, then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Clark supervisor of elections to complete the unexpired term of Dorothy Ruggles.  She was elected to a four-year term in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Clark earned her official designation as a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator from the Election Center in 2005. She was among the first 300 elections officials nationwide to achieve this status.

She is active in the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections and currently serves on its board of directors and as vice chair of the administrative rules committee. She has also served in these positions: Get Out the Vote committee chair; Canvassing Board committee co-chair; Scholarship committee co-chair; Training/Education committee co-chair; and member of the Legislative Committee, Budget Committee, Vision Committee, Bylaws and Rules Committee, Communication and Publications Committee, Rules Development Committee, Reapportionment Committee, and Reapportionment Ad Hoc Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTO SHOWS DEBORAH CLARK, LEFT, AND JULIE MARCUS.

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