Former Dunedin mayor considers challenging incumbent because of "dysfunction in City Hall"
If you ask Bob Hackworth, Dunedin's city government needs some major changes.
"It’s not supposed to be this way," he said. "It needs to be dealt with and turned around."
Elected to the commission in 2002, he served seven years, including one term as mayor. Hackworth has also run for Congress and Pinellas County Commission.
This is the second time Hackworth has considered running for mayor after his term. In 2012, he challenged then-Mayor Dave Eggers and lost.
Hackworth said he's driven to run by the city's parking issue and what he calls a "midnight coup" by commissioners seeking to fire the city manager.
"I don’t think that’s the proper way to handle that issue," he said.
Hackworth said he hasn't finalized his plans to run, but he's confident he could fix some of the city's problems if he were elected again.
"I know I could fix the mess in City Hall because I’ve done it," he said.
Julie Ward Bujalski responded to Hackworth's statements via email.
"Obviously, our former mayor must have concerns about the recent events at City Hall, just as I do. Residents have the right to know why their elected officials make the decisions they do. Open and transparent government along with a healthy dose of professionalism is what our residents expect of us and is ultimately what each of us will need to answer for."