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Another candidate considers entering Clearwater City Council races



CLEARWATER ---Interest in races for the Clearwater City Council continues to ramp up.

Nathan Hightower, 56, a commercial litigator and real estate attorney, told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday that he is giving serious consideration to running for one of two seats up for election.

Incumbent Council Member Bill Jonson has already drawn one announced opponent, David Allbritton, 62, a contractor.

Former Council member Hoyt Hamilton, 54, whose family owns Palm Pavilion on Clearwater Beach has said he is very likely to run for an open seat being vacated by term-limited Vice-Mayor Paul Gibson.

Hightower said he hasn’t picked which race to jump into if he decides to run for council. But he has thought about the ramifactions of a three-way race for Jonson’s seat as opposed to a  likely two-person race for the open seat.

“It certainly is a factor that plays a role in my consideration,” Hightower said.

He’ll make a final decision no later than the end of August. Candidates are able to formally file their candidacies in September and the political dynamics could be different by then, Hightower said.

“You never know, things could change,” he said.

Hightower, a second-generation Floridian, moved to Clearwater in the mid-1990s. He has served as chairman on city boards and committees like the Pension Advisory Committee and an ad-hoc budget committee. He’s also been past president of the board of directors for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

He is married with a grown daughter.

The city council is elected through at-large citywide districts. They serve four years terms and can serve two terms consecutively before they must step down.




[Last modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 1:20pm]


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