As Safety Harbor's mayor tries to make his mark, his predecessor looms
Joe Ayoub had not yet settled into the mayor's chair in City Hall when his predecessor, Andy Steingold, hinted that he might make another run for the city's top political post.
"This may not be my last Mayor's Breakfast," he said at the annual December fundraiser, just before Ayoub took office in January.
Steingold said the statement was made lightheartedly, that he didn't want to just "shut the door and say, 'Good luck, everyone!'"
But, in many ways, the comment foreshadowed what may be the biggest challenge to Ayoub's leadership: Steingold.
Ayoub ran unopposed for mayor after Steingold resigned to make an unsuccessful bid for judge, so he did not have to mount a political campaign.
But, with his predecessor and possible future opponent seemingly hovering over his shoulder, Ayoub is now forced to take on a more protracted, and possibly more grueling, bid for public favor.
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