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Congressman’s reception set for tonight at Marriott

ST. PETERSBURG — A reception for Congressman Darrell Issa is set from 6 to 8 tonight at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd.

Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, represents California’s 49th Congressional District.

Tickets at $50 include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and valet parking.

For details, call the Pinellas County Republican Party at (727) 539-6009.

Mayor and commission candidates to speak

LARGO — Dr. Woody Brown, a chiropractic physician and Largo City Commissioner who seeks the office of Largo Mayor, and retired Largo Police Chief John Carroll, who seeks election to Largo City Commission Seat 6, will be the guest speakers at the Monday dinner-meeting of the Republican Club of Greater Largo.

Dr. Brown is completing his second term as a city commissioner. He was first elected in 2007, and now seeks to fill the mayor’s seat being vacated by long term mayor Pat Gerard.

Raised in Indian Rocks Beach, Dr. Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude from Life University with a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. He has served as the city’s vice mayor; is a member of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council; vice chair for the Agency for Bay Management; and a past member of the Largo Recreation Parks and Arts Advisory Board.

John Carroll, who seeks election to Seat 6, retired last year as the city’s Police Chief, ending a 33 year career in law enforcement. Among his accomplishments as chief of police was attaining accreditation with excellence from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

A native of Oswego New York, Carroll moved to Largo with his family in 1967. After graduating Largo High School, he joined the Army as a military police officer before joining the Largo Police Department in 1980.

The Republican Club’s dinner-meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Alfano’s Restaurant banquet room located on Clearwater-Largo Road in Clearwater. The event is open to the public.

Scott campaign, committee collect $1.3M

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign and a closely aligned political committee raised about $1.3 million in cash in April, along with receiving more than $500,000 in in-kind contributions, according to newly filed reports on the state Division of Elections website.

The Scott campaign brought in $1.05 million, raising its overall total to about $3.57 million. The campaign also spent $114,752 in April and reported an overall spending total of $445,675. In addition, it received $528,350 in in-kind contributions in April, with most coming from the Republican Party of Florida to cover costs such as staff and polling.

Meanwhile, the closely aligned “Let’s Get to Work” committee raised $257,000 in April, bringing its overall total to about $28 million. The committee, which has been running television ads, reported spending nearly $5.4 million in April and an overall total of nearly $9.6 million. The state Republican Party also sent out a news release Monday saying it had raised $1.72 million in April.

Updated reports for Democratic candidates Charlie Crist and Nan Rich had not been posted on the Division of Elections website Monday morning. Candidates and political committees face a Monday deadline for filing reports detailing campaign-finance activity through April 30.

Crist campaign, committee collect $2.2M

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and a closely aligned political committee raised about $2.2 million in cash in April and neared a total of $10 million to help fuel this year’s campaign, according to newly filed finance reports.

Crist on Monday evening reported raising $927,974 for his campaign account in April, and the political committee, dubbed “Charlie Crist for Florida,” raised $1,279,860.

That topped the combined $1.3 million in cash raised during the month by Republican Gov. Rick Scott and a Scott-aligned political committee known as “Let’s Get to Work.” The Scott re-election effort still has a major financial edge over Crist, primarily because Let’s Get to Work had raised an overall total of $28 million through April 30.

Crist’s campaign had raised a total of nearly $3.3 million, while the Charlie Crist for Florida committee had raised $6.6 million. The Crist campaign also received $158,857 in in-kind contributions in April, with much of that amount coming from the Florida Democratic Party for expenses such as campaign staff.

Officials updating voter registration lists

CLEARWATER — Elections officials are required to update their entire voter lists a minimum of each odd-numbered year, no later than 90 days before any federal election.

One of three options may be used to satisfy this legal requirement: mailing notices to all registered voters who haven’t voted, requested a ballot or updated their registration records in the past two years; identifying registered voters whose addresses may have changed through information provided by the U.S. Postal Service; or mailing voter information cards to all registered voters in the county.

However, address list maintenance continues year-round as the supervisor of elections receives mail returned undeliverable from the post office or address updates from third-party sources such as the postal service, the Division of Elections and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

As part of those ongoing activities, the Pinellas County elections office conducted voter list maintenance last week with these results:

• 5,366 voters changed from active to inactive status;

• 411 address confirmation requests and 1,986 address confirmation final notices being mailed this week.

For a PDF document detailing maintenance procedures as outlined in state election laws, go to and look under “Forms and Publications.”

For updated voter totals in Pinellas County, go to Registration statistics are updated nightly and posted across the top of the home page.

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