Like the start of the Kentucky Derby or the Daytona Beach 500, the competition for three seats on the five-member Clearwater City Council kicked off today, Sept. 21st.
Rosemarie Call, the Clearwater City Clerk , confirmed that at at the close of the first day of eligible filing, eight individuals had filed to run so far:
Seat 1 (mayor)
Kathleen Beckman and Bruce Rector
Seat 2 – Mark Bunker, Ryan Cotton, Michael Mastruserio
Seat 3 – Michael Mannino, Javante Scott, Jared Leone
Additional candidates may still file to run for city council.
The candidates must now each collect at least 250 petitions deemed certified by the City Clerk’s office. Clearwater citizens 18 and over who are registered to vote can sign a petition.
Up until the filing, people could announce their candidacies but not collect donations or make expenditures for their campaigns. The Clearwater election takes place March 19, 2024, coinciding with the Florida presidential primary.
For more information on elections and voting, visit the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website at https://www.votepinellas.gov.