Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Editorials

All the Times election recommendations in one place

This is the complete list of the Times recommendations for the Nov. 6 general election.

U.S. Senate

Bill Nelson

U.S. House

District 12: Chris Hunter

District 13: Charlie Crist

District 15: Kristen Carlson

District 16: David Shapiro

Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 4: Yes

Amendment 1: No

Amendment 2: No

Amendment 3: No

Amendment 5: No

Amendment 6: No

Amendment 7: No

Amendment 9: No

Amendment 10: No

Amendment 11: No

Amendment 12: No

Amendment 13: No

Governor

Andrew Gillum

Attorney General

Ashley Moody

Agriculture Commissioner

Nicole “Nikki” Fried

CFO

Jeremy Ring

Florida House

District 57: Mike Beltran

District 58: Lawrence McClure

District 59: Adam Hattersley

District 60: Debra Bellanti

District 63: Fentrice Driskell

District 64: Jessica Harrington

District 65: Chris Sprowls

District 66: Nick DiCeglie

District 67: Chris Latvala

District 69: Jennifer Webb

Florida Senate

District 16: Amanda Murphy

District 18: Janet Cruz

District 20: Tom Lee

District 24: Jeff Brandes

Florida Supreme Court justice retention

Alan Lawson: Yes

Second District Court of Appeal judge retention

Anthony K. Black: Yes

Darryl C. Casanueva: Yes

Edward C. LaRose: Yes

Susan H. Rothstein-Youakim: Yes

Hillsborough County Commission

District 2: Ken Hagan

District 4: Stacy White

District 5: Mariella Smith

District 7: Kimberly Overman

Hillsborough Sheriff

Chad Chronister

Hillsborough School Board

District 1: William Henry Person

District 6: Henry “Shake” Washington

Hillsborough Circuit Court Judge

Group 25: Robin Fuson

Hillsborough County Court Judge

Group 2: Greg Green

Group 8: Jack Gutman

Hillsborough tax referendums

Transportation: Yes

Schools: Yes

Pinellas County Commission

District 6: Kathleen Peters

Pinellas School Board

District 2: Jeff Larsen

District 3: Peggy O’Shea

District 6: Matt Stewart

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge

Group 4: Dave Ellis

Clearwater strong mayor referendum: No

St. Petersburg referendums

St. Pete Pier: Yes

Harborage Marina: Yes

Comments
Editorial: Bilirakis mimics Trump, colleagues in misleading voters

Editorial: Bilirakis mimics Trump, colleagues in misleading voters

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis wants voters to believe he is different than his Republican colleagues in Congress and President Donald Trump. The Palm Harbor Republican says he pays more attention to local issues than to the president, claims he doesnȁ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Editorial: Tampa water project benefits entire region

Editorial: Tampa water project benefits entire region

A proposal that goes to the three-county utility Tampa Bay Water on Monday could benefit residents, the economy and the environment across the region. The utility's governing board will consider a proposal by the city of Tampa to redirect highly trea...
Published: 10/12/18
Updated: 10/15/18
Editorial: Rays’ purchase of Rowdies good for St. Petersburg

Editorial: Rays’ purchase of Rowdies good for St. Petersburg

The Tampa Bay Rays’ purchase of the Rowdies soccer team adds some stability to the region’s roster of professional sports franchises. It also guarantees that the Rowdies, who have amassed an enthusiastic fan base in a short time, will k...
Published: 10/12/18
Editorial: Remember Mexico Beach when next evacuation order comes

Editorial: Remember Mexico Beach when next evacuation order comes

When the sun rose Wednesday, Mexico Beach was a sleepy town of 1,200 people on Florida's northern Gulf coast. By sundown, it was gone. The pictures show the heartbreaking devastation left by Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. Entire neighbor...
Published: 10/12/18
Shortsighted opposition to TECO

Shortsighted opposition to TECO

The destruction from Hurricane Michael is only the latest reminder of Florida's growing vulnerability to extreme weather, rising sea levels and other impacts of a warming climate. But the Sierra Club's opposition to Tampa Electric Co.'s plans to retr...
Published: 10/12/18
Editorial: Answering questions about Hillsborough school tax

Editorial: Answering questions about Hillsborough school tax

The Hillsborough County school tax on the Nov. 6 ballot is a smart, necessary investment in the nation's eighth-largest school system. The 10-year, half-penny sales tax would create stronger, safer schools and a healthier learning environment for mor...
Published: 10/12/18
Times recommends: Chronister for Hillsborough sheriff

Times recommends: Chronister for Hillsborough sheriff

Florida sheriffs have long hand-plucked their successors from within the ranks. While he is a product of this tradition, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister is uniquely qualified to be elected on his own merits.Then-Sheriff David Gee surprise...
Published: 10/11/18
Updated: 10/12/18
Times recommends: Yes on Florida Supreme Court retention

Times recommends: Yes on Florida Supreme Court retention

One justice on the Florida Supreme Court faces a merit retention vote in November, essentially an up-or-down vote of confidence allowing him to remain on the bench. Merit retention votes occur at least one year after the justice’s initial appo...
Published: 10/11/18
Times recommends: Yes on retaining 4 appeals judges

Times recommends: Yes on retaining 4 appeals judges

The 2nd District Court of Appeal judges are on the Nov. 6 ballot for merit retention. Voters are being asked whether the appellate judges should be retained for another six-year term.Two pieces of information are helpful in deciding. First, the Flori...
Published: 10/11/18
Times recommends: Vote no on Clearwater strong mayor

Times recommends: Vote no on Clearwater strong mayor

A handful of influential business leaders are understandably frustrated with Clearwater’s failure to rejuvenate its downtown and eager to duplicate the rebirth of downtowns in Tampa and St. Petersburg. But they have focused on the wrong soluti...
Published: 10/10/18
Updated: 10/11/18