CANDIDate Conversations Recap and Straw Poll Winners

Posted On 08/11/2020 by Matt Lettelleir

The St. Pete Chamber wrapped up our Primary Elections CANDIDate Conversations last week. In total, the Chamber hosted candidates for School Board, County Commission, Tax Collector, Sheriff, State House and Congress over 3 Thursday afternoons in a breakout room speed dating format.  More than 200 Chamber members and guests participated over the 3 sessions.

Each candidate spent 10 minutes in a different breakout room with 3-6 attendees before moving on to the next room. These small setting conversations provided each attendee the opportunity to have a candid conversation and get to know each candidate before casting their vote.

At the conclusion of each session, a straw poll was conducted to gauge attendees preferences in each race.

Please see below for the list of Chamber Straw Poll Winners:

Pinellas County School Board District 1: Laura Hine

Pinellas County School Board District 4: Eileen Long

Pinellas County School Board District 7: Caprice Edmond

County Commission District 7 Democratic Primary: Rene Flowers

Pinellas County Sheriff Democratic Primary: Eliseo Santana

Pinellas County Tax Collector Republican Primary: Charles Thomas

Florida House District 67 Democratic Primary: Mike Henkel

Florida House District 70 Democratic Primary: Mark Oliver

Florida Congressional District 13 Republican Primary: Amanda Makki


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Don’t forget to vote on or before August 18th!
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