Touting himself as the “cure” for Pinellas County, Mike Mikurak has scheduled a meet and greet event in Oldsmar.
Mikurak, a Republican, is running for the District 3 seat held by Democrat Charlie Justice who is seeking re-election. The seat is voted on countywide.
The “We like MIKE (Oldsmar)” meet and greet is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at City Fish Grill, 4022 Tampa Road, Suite 1, Oldsmar.
The advertisement for the event says, “Come out and meet the ‘cure’ for Pinellas County — Mike Mikurak!
“Mike is a successful businessman with 30-plus years of experience and is looking to bring his business sense to the County Commission.
“After years of wasteful spending and the ignoring of real issues afflicting our residents, it’s time we elect someone in office who has the experience and ability to build a better Pinellas! Come out, meet Mike, tell him your concerns and hear about his plans for a better Pinellas County!”
Mikurak has also released a second video. This video, “A look into Pinellas County County Commission Candidate Mike Mikurak,” shows him talking into the camera for about three and a half minutes about his business experience and his community service.
He starts out talking about his reasons for retiring to Tampa Bay: “I fell in love with Pinellas. The beauty of the water, the sand, the cities, the warmness of the people.”
Then he talks about his 30-plus years in the business world. Mikurak explains that his business experience taught him how to manage budgets, control costs and to create opportunities for businesses on a global scale — “to create businesses, to grow their business, grow their customer base.”
“If you can do that in business, you can do that in government,” Mikurak says. “There’s no difference.”
In government, as in business, he says, you need to ensure “the taxpayers’ dollars are wisely spent.”
Mikurak also talks about his community service — volunteering with the Science Center, the Juvenile Welfare Board and the Bay Care system. You have to be a part of something, he says.
“I never thought about politics,” Mikurak says, “but what better way to continue what I’ve already started doing? … I want to make this a better place for our children, for everyone’s children.”