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SPC professor Bob Cundiff brings big ideas to Clearwater City Council race

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He doesn’t have all that much political experience, but Clearwater City Council candidate Bob Cundiff definitely has a vision for the future of his city. During a recent interview with FloridaPolitics.com, Cundiff, a communications professor at St. Pete College, spoke at length about careful tax spending, government officials listening to the public, and local job and business growth. “I see a lot of empty lots,” said Cundiff. “Those could be parks. Those could be businesses. Whatever the city can do…

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Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, City Councilmember Doreen Hock DiPolito re-elected unopposed

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Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and City Council member Doreen Hock DiPolito will both serve second terms. The two were re-elected Friday unopposed after qualifying for their races closed. “The one thing that I do not like about elections is having to raise money,” Cretekos said. “I can refund in full all the contributions I received.” As of November 2, Cretekos had raised more than $47,000. He spent just over $2,500, but plans to cover those expenses out of pocket and…

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Politics put BP settlement money discussions on hold in Clearwater

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Clearwater City Council and mayoral re-election races are holding up progress on how to spend $6.4 million in BP settlement money even though the it has been available since July. The council will hold off at least four months on determining what to do with the cash. At issue are re-election campaigns for Mayor George Cretekos and City Council members Doreen Hock DiPolito and Jay Polgaze who are all appearing on the March ballot. During a meeting Nov. 5, City…

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Jay Polglaze ready for second term on Clearwater City Council

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Clearwater Vice Mayor Jay Polglaze formally began his re-election campaign Tuesday night. Around 50 friends and supporters showed up at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort to lend their support to the 58-year-old Republican and 35-year Clearwater resident. Polglaze currently holds seat 3 on Clearwater City Council, having first been elected to the post in February of 2012, after running unopposed. He also doubles as the city’s vice mayor, a position he took over from fellow council member — and seat 2…

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Clearwater Vice Mayor Jay Polglaze kicking-off reelection bid at Sheraton Sand Key

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Clearwater City Councilmember Jay Polglaze will be kicking-off his re-election campaign Tuesday night, Nov. 10. The party, being held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Clearwater Beach, goes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support I received over the past four years,” wrote Polglaze in an e-mail to supporters, following his early Sept. announcement to run for Clearwater City Council. “I am asking you to join me again in my campaign for reelection.” The…

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Doreen DiPolito talks past accomplishments in bid for Clearwater City Council re-election

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From a political standpoint — especially when talking to City Councilwoman Doreen DiPolito — the past four years in Clearwater have gone pretty well. “Four years ago we started this journey together,” DiPolito said last night to a crowd of supporters. “[And] together we have accomplished our goals of enhancing the quality of life for our citizens, and energizing the character of our community.” DiPolito, a business executive and longtime advocate of women in city government, was speaking at a banquet room at Island…

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Doreen DiPolito to seek re-election for Clearwater City Council

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Doreen DiPolito, a business executive and longtime advocate of women in city government, will be seeking a second term on the Clearwater City Council. DiPolito, who has lived in Clearwater since 1972, won Seat 2 on the Council in February 2012 after running unopposed to replace term-limited John Doran. “I am so honored to have the support of the citizens and the community behind me,” DiPolito said in an announcement Friday. “It has been a privilege to support the community…

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