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Qualifying Opens in Pinellas Park Special Election

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The special election will fill the seat held by Patti Johnson, who died in February.

PINELLAS PARK – Qualifying opens today (May 4) to fill an open seat on the Pinellas Park City Council.

The seat was vacated by the Feb. 26 death of Patti Johnson, who lost a long battle with cancer.

Qualifying opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. May 18. The special election is Aug. 18. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a registered voter in Pinellas County. The candidate must have lived in PInellas Park for at least 18 months before qualifying. For information email:  candidates@pinellaspark.com or call the City Clerk’s Office at (727) 369-0616 to set up an appointment.

Pinellas Park is the fourth largest city in Pinellas County with a population of about 52,400 residents. The city has a budget of about $133 million. The city has a council-manager form of government in which an elected, five-member council (a mayor and four council members) sets policy, passes and budget, and is responsible for hiring a city manager, city attorney and city clerk. The city manager is responsible for seeing the council’s policy is put into action and for the day-to-day operations of the city.

Council members generally meet twice a month for workshops and twice a month for meetings. They also generally meet once a month as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

The CRA provides oversight for the city’s community redevelopment area, which is generally located for the three blocks on either sign of Park Boulevard from about U.S. 19 to about 66th Street N. The CRA’s goal is to revitalize the physical environment and the economy of the community redevelopment area. The CRA’s activities are designed to solve the underlying problems of slum and blighted conditions through planning, redevelopment, historic preservation and affordable housing so that the tax base can be protected and enhanced.

The mayor serves a two-year term and council members serve four-year terms.  The council is non-partisan.

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