Clearwater Chamber endorses Jay Polglaze
The political arm of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce has endorsed incumbent Jay Polglaze for Seat 3 in the March 15 City Council election.
Polglaze, a postal worker running for his second term, is being challenged by St. Petersburg College professor Robert Cundiff, who is seeking elected office for the first time.
Mayor George Cretekos and Seat 2 council member Doreen Hock-DiPolito are running unopposed.
“I'm really excited and proud that they have recognized my position and passion and have acknowledged some of the successes that this city council has been able to accomplish and that they have confidence and full faith in me to pursue those opportunities as far as economic development, growth and diversifying the tax base,” Polglaze said of the endorsement.
CLEARPAC, which also represents the Chamber's board of directors, based the endorsement on its mission to further the success of local business.
“Polglaze has the drive and vision to facilitate initiatives that encourage the growth and continued vitality of our local businesses,” CLEARPAC chair Judy Mitchell said in a statement.
Cundiff said he would have liked the Chamber's nod, especially because he is running on a pro-business platform, but will work to win voters by campaigning.
"My goal is making Clearwater more business friendly than it is now," Cundiff said. "I would listen to Clearwater voters because, as a City Council member, I would work for them. I would listen. We need more business and higher-paying jobs. I’m on the Chamber’s side."