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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Manatee County Commissioner Michael Gallen lost a three-way Democratic primary on Tuesday for the district 2 seat he won in 2010. Palmetto City Commissioner Charles Smith received 1,029 votes to Gallen's 1,024, while Corie Smith pulled in 884 votes. With only a write-in candidate left in the November election, the winner will effectively secure the seat with the primary victory.

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Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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First-term incumbent Karen Carpenter easily turned down a challenge from former member Frank Brunner in Tuesday's two-candidate district 4 school board race, winning by 21 points in a countywide contest. Carpenter was elected in 2010 and was a major force in exposing the district's deep financial problems that led to a complete overhaul of the school district's administration in 2013. Carpenter's vote total of 24,866 was the highest in all of Tuesday's races in Manatee County.

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Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Manatee High School Social Studies teacher Charlie Kennedy won a major upset on Tuesday, soundly defeating Manatee County native Rodney Jones in a two-way non-partisan race for the District 2 seat being vacated by longtime veteran Barbara Harvey. Kennedy won 21,889 votes to 16,923 in the countywide race.

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Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino won a landslide victory over Tim Norwood in an open Republican primary to decide the district 4 seat. Disabatino won by a nearly 2-1 margin, receiving 3,792 votes to Norwood's 1,995.

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Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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As expected, incumbent Manatee County District 5 School Board member Julie Aranibar and former Manatee Technical Institute Director, Dr. Mary Cantrell are headed to a runoff in the November 4 general election, after neither candidate received a majority of votes in the four-way, non-partisan race.

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Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Governor Rick Scott faced mere token competition for the GOP nomination on this year's gubernatorial ballot. Former Governor Charlie Crist faced a credible, if completely outgunned opponent in former state Senator Nan Rich. Both won easy primaries that were seen as little more than formalities on Tuesday and will face off, along with Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, in the November general election.

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Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Local magistrate Susan Maulucci easily won her non-partisan 12th Circuit District Court judicial race against Art Jackman on Tuesday. She will take the seat being vacated by retiring judge Marc Gilner. In what was expected to be a closer race, Malucci earned the win by a 20 point margin.

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Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Former Secretary of the Department of Children and Families George Sheldon easily defeated House minority leader Perry Thurston (57-31 percent) Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for Florida Attorney General. Incumbent AG Pam Bondi was unopposed in the GOP primary. The two will now face off in the November 4 general election.

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Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Fort Myers Miracle (38-27) scored the final three runs of Tuesday night’s game, defeating the Marauders (38-27) 7-4 at McKechnie Field. The Marauders remain one game out of first place behind the Palm Beach Cardinals.

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Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee School Board voted to table a number of significant items, including a contract that would put $1 million toward armed security for elementary schools; and a $384,000 contract for health services with Compass Professional Health Services. In other business, public hearings were held on consideration of adopting an amendent to the district's student progression plan, as well as allowing the district to make electronic funds transfers. The board also added an addendum to the proposed contract between the district and the highest bidder for the sale of the district's Parent Information Center, which put agreement of the deal back in the buyer's court.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Thelma Bowlby August 17, 2014
Joseph Dabek August 20, 2014
Edna Mills August 21, 2014
Gary Payne August 16, 2014
Mabel Berry April 20, 2014
Gary Payne August 16, 2014
Thelma Bowlby August 17, 2014
Mildred Haas August 15, 2014
Virginia Townsend August 14, 2014
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