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00000174-121d-d47e-a1f7-523d2c950000  WUSF News regularly collaborates with University of South Florida journalism classes in Tampa and St. Petersburg, providing students an opportunity to share their work with the greater Tampa Bay area.Some of the projects have included:“Past Plates” - a podcast and written stories produced in Spring 2017 that look into people’s memories and traditions related to food, food culture and food business in south St. Petersburg. In fall 2016, students profiled candidates running for Tampa Bay area elected offices. They  were produced as part of the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications' Advanced Reporting or Public Affairs classes; and as part of the Media and Elections class at USF St. Petersburg’s Journalism and Mass Communications Department.In 2015, WUSF journalists joined the USFSP Neighborhood News Bureau in creating oral histories of residents of St. Petersburg's historic Midtown neighborhood. That work was featured on WUSF's Florida Matters public affairs show.

Election 2016: Profiles Offer Insight Into Local, State Race Candidates

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We’re nearing Election Day, and millions of Florida residents are still contemplating who they will select to represent them in Tallahassee and local offices.

Most of the attention this campaign season has focused on the important presidential race, and some voters may still be wondering about the candidates for school board and state legislative races.

That’s why WUSF News is collaborating with the journalism programs at the University of South Florida in Tampa and in St. Petersburg. We’re sharing with you the work of student journalists who this semester reported and wrote profiles of 44 candidates running for office in the Tampa Bay area. Their instructors served as primary editors on the stories.

We hope these stories help you learn a little more about the candidates and their position on issues.

The following races are included in the profiles:

Florida House of Representatives:

  • State House District 39
  • State House District 40
  • State House District 58
  • State House District 59
  • State House District 60
  • State House District 63
  • State House District 65
  • State House District 66
  • State House District 69

Florida Senate:

  • State Senate District 19
  • State Senate District 22
  • State Senate District 23

Hillsborough County:

  • Clerk
  • Property Appraiser
  • County Commission District 1
  • County Commission District 6

Pinellas County:

  • School Board District 1
  • School Board District 3
  • County Commission District 3