Dunedin's vice mayor announces candidacy for top spot
Vice Mayor Bruce Livingston said he wanted to “throw his hat in the ring” early to get people talking about the city’s next mayoral election, set for November 2016.
He announced his entrance to the race last week and will officially kick off his campaign on March 7 at Bon Appetit, 148 Marina Plaza, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Livingston said his campaign will be different, more positive.
“Everybody is sick of negativity. Not only in Dunedin, but across the state and country,” he said. “But there are a lot of positive things happening in Dunedin, so we are going to try to run a very positive campaign with a very different approach.”
He said more details will be revealed at the the launch party.
Livingston, a 30-year resident of Dunedin, was elected to the commission in November 2014 after selling his Clearwater-based dental equipment manufacturing business. He has since worked with nonprofits like Salvation Army, Clearwater Free Clinic and Clearwater Community Dental Clinic, which he founded.
He said his love for the city, as well as his business and leadership experience, will make him invaluable as mayor.
“Given where we are today in Dunedin, the city needs another skill set,” he said. “What Dunedin needs now is a consensus builder and team approach.”