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Running for office in Clearwater? Here's help

CLEARWATER — Interested in running for elected office? Not quite sure how? The Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition is launching an initiative to get more residents engaged in local government.

The coalition will host a public information session at 7 p.m. on May 6 at the Fire Station Training Room, 1700 N Belcher Road in Clearwater, for those interested in running in the March City Council election. The session will address requirements for public office, filing deadlines, campaign management and publicity, according to coalition president Karen Cunningham.

Presenters will include city attorney Pam Akin, city clerk Rosemarie Call, former council member Bill Jonson and political blogger and consultant Peter Schorsch.

In March, three of the five City Council seats are up for grabs: Mayor George Cretekos is term limited from running again for the mayor seat, Bob Cundiff confirmed he will be running for a second term in Seat 3, and Seat 2 will be vacated by Jay Polglaze, who was appointed in December to fill a vacancy and pledged not to run for the seat.