Clearwater Election Guide 2012

The candidates, voting information and issues that will be affecting Clearwater.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Clearwater Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.

Voting Info

  • Sample Ballot: To see your sample ballot, go to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website and enter your address in the Precinct Finder.
  • Polling locations: To find polling locations and precincts, click here.
  • Early Voting: You may vote early from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3. You can find full information how to do so here.



  • Pinellas County Sheriff
  • Supervisor of Elections


  • : Peter Nehr (Republican), Carl "Z" Zimmerman (Democrat)
  • State Representative, District 66: Larry Ahern (Republican), Mary Louise Ambrose (Democrat)
  • State Representative, District 67: Ed Hooper (Republican), Ben Farrell (Democrat)
  • State Representative, District 68: Frank Farkas (Republican), Dwight Dudley (Democrat), Matthew D. Weidner (no party affiliation)
  • State Representative, District 69: Kathleen Peters (Republican), Josh Shulman (Democrat)
  • State Senate, District 20: Jack Latalva (Republican), Ashley M. Rhodes-Courter (Democrat)
  • State Senate, District 22: Jeff Brandes (Republican), Raymond Alan Baker (write-in)
  • Justice of the Supreme Court (Retention, nonpartisan): R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente, Peggy A. Quince 
  • Judge of a District Court of Appeal, 2nd District (Retention, nonpartisan): Anthony K. Black, Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis Jr., Edward C. LaRose


  • U.S. Congress, District 12: Gus Bilirakis (Republican), Jonathan Snow (Democrat), Paul Elliott (no party affiliation), John Russell (no party affiliation)
  • : C.W. Bill Young (Republican), Jessica Ehrlich (Democrat)
  • U.S. Congress, District 14: Evelio "EJ" Otero (Republican), Kathy Castor (Democrat)
  • U.S. Senate: Connie Mack (Republican), Bill Nelson (Democrat), Bill Gaylor (no party affiliation), Chris Borgia (no party affiliation)
  • U.S. President: Barack Obama (Democrat), Mitt Romney (Republican), other candidates

Ballot Issues

Florida Constitutional Amendments

Ballot Question 1: Approval of the Continuation of One-Half Mill Ad Valorem Tax for School District Operating Expenses

Clearwater referendums that will appear on the ballot

Jean Hoffman November 04, 2012 at 09:54 PM
On Monday morning, call Gov. Scott's office at 850-717-9337 to complain about how poorly he is running this election! Ridiculous, and un-American!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1


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