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City council candidate forums offer an exciting opportunity for community members to connect with aspiring leaders and dive into the pulse of local politics. By showing up and engaging with candidates firsthand, citizens can directly shape the course of their neighborhoods and city. These forums spark vibrant conversations and ignite the exchange of ideas, empowering voters to become active architects of their own urban landscape.

 

Attending city council candidate forums isn’t just about sitting in the audience – it’s about seizing the spotlight to have your voice heard. These events buzz with the energy of democracy in action, as constituents champion their concerns, challenge candidates, and forge connections that fuel the momentum of change. By being part of these crucial conversations, citizens become catalysts for progress, driving towards a future where local governance reflects the diverse aspirations and needs of the entire community.

 

The scheduled City Council Candidates Forums are as follows:

 

Monday, January 22 at 7 p.m. (Seats 2 and 3)

Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

 

Monday, January 29 at 7 p.m. (Mayoral forum)

Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

 

Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

Countryside Clubhouse Estates, Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Dr, Clearwater

 

Saturday, February 3 at 3 p.m.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Omicron Lambda Chapter Forum, The Pinellas County African American Museum, 1101 Marshall St, Clearwater

 

Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

City Candidate Forum (Seats 2 and 3), Main Library Council Chambers, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater

No campaign t-shirts or signs allowed.

 

Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m.

City Candidate Forum (Seat 1), Main Library Council Chambers, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater

No campaign t-shirts or signs allowed.

 

Friday, February 9 at 11:30 a.m.

Belleair Women’s Republican Club – Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Ln, Belleair

 

Wednesday, February 21 at 11:45 a.m.

Clearwater Rotary Club – Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Ln, Belleair

 

Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Sand Key Candidate Forum – Clearwater Community Sailing Center, 1001 Gulf Blvd #2702, Clearwater

 

 

List of upcoming candidates’ scheduled appearances at the Clearwater City Council Candidates Forums (in order of their responses):

 

Javante Scott, Seat 3

 

Javante Scott

Phone: (727) 228-1931
Email: jmscott@preparedfornext.org
Website: PreparedForNext.org

 

Monday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

 

Saturday, February 3 at 3 p.m.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Omicron Lambda Chapter Forum, The Pinellas County African American Museum, 1101 Marshall St, Clearwater

 

Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

City Candidate Forum (Seats 2 and 3), Main Library Council Chambers, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater

No campaign t-shirts or signs allowed.

 

 

Ryan Cotton, Seat 2

 

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Phone: (727) 401-4607
Email: Ryancotton4clearwater@gmail.com
Website: RyanCotton4Clearwater.com

 

Monday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

 

Saturday, February 3 at 3 p.m.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Omicron Lambda Chapter Forum, The Pinellas County African American Museum, 1101 Marshall St, Clearwater

 

Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

City Candidate Forum (Seats 2 and 3), Main Library Council Chambers, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater

No campaign t-shirts or signs allowed.

 

Wednesday, February 21 at 12:45 p.m.

Clearwater Rotary Club – Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Ln, Belleair

 

 

Mike Mastruserio, Seat 2

 

Mike Mastruserio

Phone: (727) 262-9075
Email: MikeForClearwater2@gmail.com
Website: MikeforClearwater.com

 

Monday, January 22 at 6:15 p.m.

Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

 

Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

Countryside Clubhouse Estates, Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Dr, Clearwater

 

Saturday, February 3 at 3 p.m.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Omicron Lambda Chapter Forum, The Pinellas County African American Museum, 1101 Marshall St, Clearwater

 

Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

City Candidate Forum (Seats 2 and 3), Main Library Council Chambers, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater

No campaign t-shirts or signs allowed.

 

Friday, February 9 at 11:30 a.m.

Belleair Women’s Republican Club – Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Ln, Belleair

 

Wednesday, February 21 at 11:45 a.m.

Clearwater Rotary Club – Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Ln, Belleair

 

 

Mike Mannino, Seat 3

 

Mike Mannino

Phone: (727) 415-1988
Email: ElectMannino@gmail.com
Website: ElectMannino.com

 

Monday, January 22 at 6:15 p.m.

Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

 

Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

Countryside Clubhouse Estates, Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Dr, Clearwater

 

Saturday, February 3 at 3 p.m.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Omicron Lambda Chapter Forum, The Pinellas County African American Museum, 1101 Marshall St, Clearwater

 

Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

City Candidate Forum (Seats 2 and 3), Main Library Council Chambers, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater

No campaign t-shirts or signs allowed.

 

Wednesday, February 21 at 12 p.m.

Clearwater Rotary Club – Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Ln, Belleair

 

Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Sand Key Candidate Forum – Clearwater Community Sailing Center, 1001 Gulf Blvd #2702, Clearwater

 

 

Kathleen Beckman, Seat 1 (Mayoral race)

 

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Phone: (727) 437-2729
Email: info@BeckmanForMayor.com
Website: BeckmanForMayor.com

 

Monday, January 29, 7 p.m.

Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

 

Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m.

City Candidate Forum (Seat 1), Main Library Council Chambers, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater

No campaign t-shirts or signs allowed.

 

Monday, February 22 at 6 p.m.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity – Pinellas African American Museum, 1101 Marshall St, Clearwater

 

 

Mark Bunker, Seat 2

 

Mark Bunker

Email: Info@markbunker2024.com
Website: MarkBunker2024.com

 

Monday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

 

Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

Countryside Clubhouse Estates, Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Dr, Clearwater

 

Saturday, February 3 at 3 p.m.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Omicron Lambda Chapter Forum, The Pinellas County African American Museum, 1101 Marshall St, Clearwater

 

Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

City Candidate Forum (Seats 2 and 3), Main Library Council Chambers, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater

No campaign t-shirts or signs allowed.

 

Wednesday, February 21 at 11:45 a.m.

Clearwater Rotary Club – Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Ln, Belleair

 

 

Jared Leone, Seat 3

 

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Phone: (727) 248-0194
Email: jaredforclearwater@gmail.com
Website: JaredforClearwater.com

 

Monday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Clearwater Neighborhood Coalition at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Dr, Clearwater

 

Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

Countryside Clubhouse Estates, Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Dr, Clearwater

 

Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

City Candidate Forum (Seats 2 and 3), Main Library Council Chambers, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater

No campaign t-shirts or signs allowed.

 

 

Bruce Rector, Seat 1 (Mayoral race)

 

Bruce Rector

Phone: (727) 282-4380
Email: rector4FL@gmail.com
Website: BruceRector.com

No appearance list sent yet. Will update when received.

 

Campaign Reports can be viewed here:

https://cityofclearwaterfl.easyvotecampaignfinance.com/home/publicfilings

 

Voter information can be found at VotePinellas.com. On Election Day, March 19, 2024, polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

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Publications

2023 Florida Election Code(PDF, 2MB)

Florida Candidate and Campaign Treasurer Handbook (2024 Election Cycle)(PDF, 1MB)

Guide to the Sunshine Amendment & Code of Ethics(PDF, 407KB)

City Charter(PDF, 254KB)

Temporary Sign Guidelines for Political Campaign(PDF, 2MB)

 

Clearwater voters can direct any questions to the City Clerk’s Office at (727) 562-4093.

 

City of Clearwater

www.myclearwater.com/election

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