No Election on St. Pete Beach

No Election on St. Pete Beach

Commissioner Jim Parent will retain his District Two seat

ST. PETE BEACH – Despite a false start from one opposing candidate, District Two Commissioner Jim Parent will keep his seat on city commission for the next two years. The two-term commissioner ran unopposed in 2009 and again in 2011; a challenger Joanne Lentino, filed paperwork successfully but withdrew her name from the 2013 race Wednesday afternoon.

Ms. Lentino’s letter of withdrawal did not indicate why she chose to remove her name.

This means that St. Pete Beach will have no elections this year. The District Four seat left vacant by outgoing Commissioner Bev Garnett also had only one contender, Melinda Pletcher. The election would have cost the city slightly more than $12,000. Ms. Lentino does not get a refund of fees paid.

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