LARGO — If you've ever wanted to run for city government, now's the time to step up. Qualifying for the five open seats — the mayor and four commission — opens at 8 a.m. today and runs to 5 p.m. Aug. 15.
Largo is the third-largest city in Pinellas County with an area of about 19 square miles and a population of about 77,900. It has a commission-manager form of government in which a professional manager oversees the daily operations of the city. An elected seven-member commission (a mayor and six council members) sets policy and is responsible for passing a budget and setting the property tax rate. The commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month and holds a workshop on the second Tuesday. The mayor and council members serve four-year terms and are elected in nonpartisan, at-large elections. The mayor earns about $20,180 per year and council members receive about $13,454.
A candidate must have been a resident and registered voter of Largo for one year immediately preceding the date at which he or she would take office. For information, contact Diane Bruner, city clerk, at (727) 587-6710, ext. 7003; or email her at email@example.com.