3 mayoral races decided in Pinellas County local elections

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 11:01 PM EDT

Two Pinellas County cities have new mayors and a mayor is returning in another city after local elections Tuesday.

  • Local elections Tuesday in several Pinellas County cities
  • 2 new mayors, 1 returning mayor

In St. Pete Beach, Alan Johnson became the city's new mayor. Johnson won the seat with 61 percent of the vote. He beat interim Mayor Deborah Schechner, who garnered only 35 percent of the vote. John-Michael Fleig got 4 percent.

Schechner has been mayor since Former Mayor Maria Lowe moved to Paris with her family over the summer.

In Madeira Beach, Margaret Black defeated incumbent Travis Palladeno, 55 percent to 45 percent. 

The incumbent commissioners for Districts 3 and 4 also lost their seats to challengers.

In District 3, Nancy Oakley beat Ingrid Ferro-Spilde, 61-39. In District 4 John Douthirt beat David Hitterman, 55-25.

The victory is seen as a move away developments in that city. There are two downtown hotel projects that are stirring up controversy.

In Safety Harbor, former Mayor Joe Ayoub will return to office after beating out Commissioner Janet Hooper, 66-34.

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