SAFETY HARBOR — Former Mayor Andy Steingold qualified to run for mayor Tuesday morning, opposing his successor, Mayor Joe Ayoub.
Steingold collected the appropriate qualification paperwork from the city just after 8 a.m., obtained the 100 signatures necessary to qualify for the election and dropped off the completed forms in time for the Tuesday-at-noon deadline, said Matt Spoor, city manager.
Ayoub, a former city commissioner who ran unopposed in 2013 after Steingold resigned from office early to run unsuccessfully for judge, qualified to defend his office.
It will be a three-way race for mayor. City Commissioner Nancy Besore announced in December that she would resign her seat to run against Ayoub.
Dean Harmeson and Andy Zodrow qualified to run for City Commission seat 3, and Carlos Diaz and Ray Irvin are set to contest seat 4.
The election is March 11.