Sunday, February 25, 2018
Politics

Fifth candidate to seek Clearwater City Council seat

CLEARWATER — A fifth candidate has filed paper work to run for one of two open seats in the March 13 City Council election.

Tom Keller, a 30-year employee of Metro Bench Outdoor Advertising, announced his bid to run for Seat 4 against retired contractor David Allbritton and software tester Martin Hughes. City Council member Bill Jonson is term-limited from the seat.

Real estate broker and Community Development Board Chairman John Funk announced his bid last month to run against incumbent Hoyt Hamilton for Seat 5.

Candidates were able to begin filing paperwork to open campaign accounts Sept. 14, but official qualifying runs Dec. 4 to Dec. 15.

Keller, who has never before run for elected office, said he's motivated to make mainland Clearwater as vibrant as the beach retail, restaurant and tourism community.

"Let's make the whole area a jewel," he said.

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