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Seat 4 City Council seat likely a three-way contest in Clearwater

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November

Clearwater —Both City Council races are now likely three-way contests as a 28-year-old pastor has announced his candidacy against Seat 4 incumbent Bill Jonson.

Konrad McCree Jr., a pastor at Simply Kingdom Ministeries, a non-denominational church which he describes as having about 100 members, also works as a senior business analyst at WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

He said he decided to enter politics because the city council isn’t attuned to the interests of young people.

“Unfortunately, as times change, the issues change. The city council—it’s always the same faces, the same people,” McCree said. “I’d like to shake the city council up a little bit, too.”

More attention needs to be paid to affordable housing and keeping working and middle-class citizens in Clearwater , McCree said.

Jonson and David Allbritton have already announced for the seat.

McCree’s entry “makes things more difficult for me and for him in a three-way race with an incumbent,” said Allbritton, who is the chairman of the Downtown Development Board.

Jonson said he was “just doing my thing. Come December, we’ll see who is in the race.”

Candidates for city office must get at least 250 signed petition cards to the city clerk’s office by mid-December.

The race to replace term-limited ViceMayor Paul Gibson for Seat 5 already has three aspirants. Former City Council member Hoyt Hamilton, military veteran Jon Paul Rosa and pawnshop owner Morton Myers.

 

The election is March 11. 

Times Researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 6:19pm]

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