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Safety Harbor's vice mayor will resign to run for mayor.

With another resignation on the City Commission, city voters now will have to fill two seats during a special city election Nov. 6.

Vice Mayor Joe Ayoub submitted his resignation this month, saying he plans to run to finish the unexpired term of Mayor Andy Steingold. Steingold submitted his resignation earlier this year. A lawyer, he plans to run for judge.

Both officials' resignations will be effective Jan. 7, 2013, whether they win or lose in November.

The city charter requires that a special election be held any time a City Commission member leaves with more than one year remaining in their term of office.

Ayoub was automatically re-elected to a three-year term in January when no one filed to run against him. Steingold's term wasn't scheduled to end until March 2014.

Steingold, who has served on the City Commission for eight years, said he had long wanted to be a judge and chose to run this year when Circuit Judge Richard Luce announced his retirement.

The city is saving about $20,000 by piggybacking its special election on the Nov. 6 general election. Safety Harbor elections are normally held in March. Candidate qualifying for the two City Commission seats will open at noon July 20 and close at 11:59 a.m. July 27. Interested individuals can contact City Clerk Karen Sammons at (727) 724-1555 ext. 405 for information about requirements.

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