Haselden 1st: meet Requirements to be on Ballot By Petition

A few of the volunteers helping Barb

Press Release December 23, 2017


First-time candidate Barb Haselden has collected enough signatures to qualify to be on the ballot for the District 6 seat on the Pinellas County Commission.

PINELLAS COUNTY – Barb Haselden announced today (Dec. 23) that she has collected enough signatures to qualify to run for the District 6 seat on the Pinellas County Commission.

The accomplishment, Haselden said, underscores the determination and commitment that she and her “army of volunteers” possess to work for the taxpayers of Pinellas County.

Since Haselden officially announced May 8 that she was running, she and her team have reached out personally, mostly door to door, to collect the signatures of 1,719 registered voters in District 6. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections certified the list Tuesday (Dec. 19).

“This is the first critical step now completed six full months ahead of schedule. By going door to door, wesaved nearly $6,000 of donor funds that would otherwise be required to get on the ballot,” Haselden said. “Additionally, we met nearly two thousand District 6 voters in the process.  Our team is in it to win it and will do the hard work needed to finish first on Election Day.”

Haselden, a first-time candidate, is best known for leading the No Tax for Tracks movement that was instrumental in defeating Greenlight Pinellas.

If she wins the District 6 seat, Haselden said, she would work to:

  • Establish term limits for county commissioners. Pinellas voters passed a term limit referendum 20 years ago that, Haselden said, has never been enacted.
  • Press for undergrounding of the old power distribution and communication utilities in Pinellas to reduce disruptions during storms.
  • Lead efforts to upgrade, increase capacity to storm water/sewage systems and add more pump station generator power backup to eliminate spills.
  • Base public policies on raw statistical data and economically sound conclusions.