Clearwater City Council member Doreen Caudell has announced she will run as a Republican for Pinellas County Commission next year against incumbent Democrat Pat Gerard.
The November 2018 election has the potential to disrupt the first Democratic majority on the board since the 1960s, achieved in 2014 with Gerard's victory in District 2.
According to the City Charter, Caudell will have to step down from the council in November 2018 whether or not she is elected to the County Commission.
Two other seats are also up for grabs next year. Republican Commissioner John Morroni confirmed in March he will not seek a fifth term for District 6, and three Republican candidates have officially announced their bids for his seat: state Reps. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, and Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena and Barb Haselden, a St. Petersburg resident who led the No Tax for Tracks group that helped defeat the Greenlight Pinellas transportation sales tax.
Republican Dave Eggers said Thursday he is "very definitely" running for a second term in District 4 and will officially announce later this summer. He has not yet drawn any challengers.