Qualifying period begins for St. Pete Beach City Commission
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The qualifying period for two St. Pete Beach City Commission seats opened Thursday and would-be commissioners have until Dec. 8 to put their name down for the March election.

The Pinellas County town of 10,000 pays commissioners $5,400 a year to meet twice a month.

Up for grabs are the District 1 seat held by Terri Finnerty and the District 3 seat held by Ward Friszolowski. Commissioners are elected to two-year terms

To make the ballot, candidates must have lived within the district they’re looking to represent for at least a year at the close of the qualifying period.

Candidates need to pay a $40 filing fee when they submit their paperwork for the March 13 general election. More information, including district boundary maps, can be found on the St. Pete Beach website.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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