September 28, 2010

Election 2010: The St. Petersburg Times recommends

By Times Wire

Here are candidate and ballot recommendations from the Times editorial board for the Nov. 2 election.

Candidate and ballot recommendations, thus far, from the St. Petersburg Times' editorial board for the Nov. 2 general election.

•STATE

State Circuit Court

Judicial races are nonpartisan and open to all voters.

6th Circuit (Pinellas-Pasco) Court [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article1126429.ece]

Group 18: Kathryn Marie Welsh

Group 27: Keith Meyer

Constitutional Amendments and Referendum

No on Amendment 1, Repeal of public campaign financing requirement [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/three-ballot-measures-deserve-a-no-vote/1124469]

No on Amendment 2, Homestead ad valorem tax credit for deployed military personnel [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/three-ballot-measures-deserve-a-no-vote/1124469]

No on Amendment 4, Referenda required for adoption and amendment of local government comprehensive land use plans [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/voters-should-reject-amendment-4-its-no-way-to-control-growth/1123974]

Yes on Amendment 5, Standards for Legislature to follow in legislative redistricting [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/fair-districts-will-strengthen-democracy/1124467]

Yes on Amendment 6, Standards for Legislature to follow in congressional redistricting [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/fair-districts-will-strengthen-democracy/1124467]

Yes on Amendment 8, Revision of the class size requirements for public schools [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/vote-for-amendment-8-to-make-class-size-limits-more-workable/1123882]

No on Nonbinding Referendum, Balancing the Federal Budget [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/three-ballot-measures-deserve-a-no-vote/1124469]

•COUNTIES

Hillsborough

Hillsborough County Commission: [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article1125824.ece]

District 1 (west, south county): John Dingfelder

District 2 (north county): Victor Crist

District 3 (central Tampa): Lesley "Les" Miller

District 5 (countywide): Linda Saul-Sena

District 7 (countywide): Mark Sharpe

Hillsborough School Board [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/times-recommends-for-hillsborough-school-board/1125917#tpcccf]

District 4 (east county): Richard Bartels

District 6 (countywide): April Griffin

Charter Amendments and County Referendums

YES: Countywide Transportation System Construction Maintenance Operations Through the Levy of a One Percent Sales Surtax [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/1-cent-tax-for-transportation-is-money-well-spent/1125337]

NO: Amends the Charter to Eliminate the Veto Powers Provision of an Elected County Mayor [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/times-recommendations-on-hillsborough-county-referendums/1125924]

NO: Economic Development Property Tax Exemptions for New Businesses and Expansions of Existing Businesses

YES: A Proposal to Amend the Reapportionment Provision to Require an Additional Public Meeting

NO: A Proposal to Amend the Hillsborough County Charter Provisions Pertaining to the Internal Performance Auditor

NO: Plant City Economic Development Property Tax Exemptions for New Businesses and Expansions of Existing Businesses

Pinellas

Pinellas County Commission [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article1126121.ece]

District 2 (countywide): Calvin Harris

District 4 (north county): Bob Hackworth

Pinellas County School Board

District 7 (south county): Lew Williams [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/williams-for-pinellas-county-school-board/1126428]

Charter Amendment

YES: Requires hearings for Pinellas Charter Commission; Lengthens time between sessions and allows continuation until election [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/times-recommends-yes-on-pinellas-charter-amendment/1126114]

Hernando

County Referendums

YES: Proposed Change To The County's Trash, Yard Waste, And Recycling Pick-up Program [http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/vote-yes-for-recycling-for-a-landfill-of-savings-in-hernando-county/1125600]

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