St. Pete Beach commissioners re-elected without opposition – Florida Politics

St. Pete Beach commissioners re-elected without opposition

St. Pete Beach Commissioners Terri Finnerty and Ward Friszolowski have won re-election after no candidates put their names in to run against them before the qualifying deadline Friday.

Finnerty holds the District 1 and Friszolowski holds the District 3 seat. Those seats were the only two St. Pete Beach offices up for grabs in the 2018 municipal elections, set for March 13.

City commissioners serve two-year terms, and the Pinellas County town of 10,000 pays commissioners $5,400 a year to meet twice a month.

Finnerty and Friszolowski both faced opposition when they ran in 2016, with Finnerty winning re-election over former Councilmember Lorraine Huhn with 60 percent of the vote and Friszolowski beating out Deborah Schechner 54-46 to return to the commission.

Finnerty is married to former mayor Mike Finnerty and has held her seat on the commission since 2014. Friszolowski spent well over a decade in office as a St. Pete Beach commissioner and as mayor, but stepped aside for a bit before returning to office in 2016.

The qualifying period for the two St. Pete Beach City Commission seats opened Nov. 30 and candidates had until Dec. 8 to put their name down for the March election.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.
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