Clearwater City Council filings show no suprises so far
CLEARWATER-So far, no surprises have emerged in the Clearwater City Council races.
More than three weeks after the beginning of the filing period, only three candidates have officially announced.
Bill Jonson, an incumbent, and his only opponent so far, David Allbritton, are in the race for Seat 4.
Hoyt Hamilton, a former city council member, has announced for Seat 5, currently occupied by term-limited Vice-mayor Paul GibsonAll three candidates informally announced their candidacies in the summer.
Nathan Hightower, a Clearwater attorney, had seriously considered running for either Jonson's seat or against Hamilton. In the end, he decided to sit this cycle out.
In a September e-mail to the Tampa Bay Times, Hightower said he wasn't interested in a three-way race with Allbritton and Jonson.
"As for Mr. Hamilton, we have been friends for a long time and tend to have the same constituency and I felt that running against each other could polarize that support base. I am confident that Hoyt will do a good job if he is elected," Hightower wrote on Sept. 23.
A few people have come in to pick up informational packets since filing began Sept. 11, but have not returned to file paperwork to appoint a campaign treasurer and set up a campaign account, said City Clerk Rosemarie Call on Friday.
Starting Dec. 2, announced candidates must return at least 250 petition cards signed by registered city voters and pay a qualifying fee. For Seats 4 and 5, that fee is $202.25.
On Dec. 13, the qualifying period ends.
All of the city's five city council positions, including mayor, are at-large seats.