First candidate files for Tarpon commission race
Chris Hrabovsky has long been a staple at Tarpon Springs commission meetings, but now he wants a seat on the other side of the dias.
The long-time environmental and political activist filed Thursday to run for Seat 2, now held by Commissioner Susan Slattery, who is termed out.
The election will be in March of 2014. Hrabovsky, a hypnotist in private practice, is the first to file.
Among other political and environmental causes, Hrabovsky rallied opposition against proposed Walmart stores in Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg.
He speaks often at City Commission meetings, proposing what he calls simple, common-sense solutions.
"I've been content to fix things from my side of the podium for many years," he said, adding he didn't run previously because he was tied up in a lawsuit with the city over a proposed Walmart. "I believe some of the things I say resonate with people, that's why it's time to take that next step."
He also ran for the Florida House in 2006 but was defeated by incumbent Republican Tom Anderson.