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The city of Clearwater will host two candidate forums before the upcoming municipal election, where Clearwater residents will vote to fill three city council seats, including the mayor’s seat.

The forum for Seats 2 and 3 will be Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., and the forum for Seat 1 (Mayor) will be Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m. Both forums will be held in Clearwater City Council Chambers at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave.

Al Ruechel, formerly of Bay News 9, will moderate and run the forums. No comments will be taken from the public.

Election Day for Clearwater City Council seats 1, 2 and 3 is March 19, 2024.

The public is invited to attend in person, stream live or stream any time after the event at or

The forums can also be watched live on C-View TV Spectrum Channel 638, Frontier Channel 30 and WOW! Channel 15.

Seat 2 Forum

Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

  • Mark Bunker
  • Ryan Cotton
  • Michael “Mike” Mastruserio

Seat 3 Forum

Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

  • Jared Leone
  • Michael “Mike” Mannino
  • Javante Scott

Seat 1 Forum

Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.

  • Kathleen Beckman
  • Bruce Rector

For more information, visit

Information and photo provided by the City of Clearwater.


View candidates’ contact information and campaign websites:

Clearwater City Council Candidates Forums


Campaign Reports can be viewed here:


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

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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


View candidates’ contact information and campaign websites:

Clearwater City Council Candidates Forums


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