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Four candidates qualify for Clearwater City Council races

By Tracey McManus
Hoyt Hamilton

CLEARWATER — Four candidates officially qualified for two open City Council seats in the March 13 election by the filing deadline last week.

Seat 5 incumbent Hoyt Hamilton will face real estate broker John Funk. Retired building contractor David Allbritton and advertising agent Tom Keller are vying to fill Seat 4 being vacated by the term-limited Bill Jonson.

Software tester Martin Hughes filed paper work to run for Seat 4 in September but did not officially qualify last week.

As of the most recent filings, Hamilton has raised $9,825 for the race, compared to Funk’s $2,100. All but $100 of Funk’s contributions came from himself.

Allbritton has so far raised $13,647 and Keller has brought in $12,050, according to campaign treasurer reports.