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Joe Ayoub releases new campaign video

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Joe Ayoub, who’s running for Safety Harbor mayor, has released a new campaign video. Ayoub uses the three-minute video to set out his vision for Safety Harbor: “As your mayor, I will lead this city with an exciting vision,” Ayoub says. “This vision includes a more vibrant and thriving downtown, protecting our small-town charm, adding amenities to our waterfront park, and reducing the height and scale of the proposed seven-story condo building.” Ayoub goes on to point out the many…

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Safety Harbor mayor hopeful Joe Ayoub to host first meet and greet Friday

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Joe Ayoub, who’s running for Safety Harbor mayor, is holding his first meet and greet of the campaign season. It’s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Ayoub’s home, 323 Second St. S, in Safety Harbor. Ayoub, a former Safety Harbor mayor and commission member, said he plans to spend part of the campaign on a “listening tour,” learning about the issues that are most important to city residents. He’s also provided a 10-question citizen survey on his website to learn what concerns…

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Safety Harbor draws full slate of candidates

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After qualifying closed Tuesday, eight candidates are vying for three seats on the Safety Harbor City Commission. Running for mayor are Joe Ayoub and Janet Hooper. Ayoub is a former mayor who also served on the commission. He is facing Hooper, who is in her first term as a commissioner. She resigned from Seat 1 to run for mayor. Hooper’s resignation is effective March 21, the week after the election. Four candidates are lining up to serve the remainder of…

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Scott Long to run for Safety Harbor commission

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Business owner Scott Long announced Wednesday his candidacy for Seat 1 on the Safety Harbor City Commission. “The tone of discourse in Safety Harbor over the past few years has hurt my heart,” Long said. “We can disagree yet still be respectful. I’ve spent my life helping people with differing views find common ground so we can move forward together. And now I’d like to do that for the city I love.” Seat 1 is currently held by Janet Hooper…

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Janet Hooper resigns from commission to run for Safety Harbor mayor

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Safety Harbor commissioner Janet Hooper turned in her resignation Monday to run for mayor. She’ll still be sitting in Seat 1 on the commission for a while. Her resignation is not effective until March 21, the week after Safety Harbor’s municipal election. State law requires officeholders to resign to run for a different office. “It has been an honor to serve as a commissioner these past two years and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the residents of…

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Former Safety Harbor Mayor Joe Ayoub wants his old job back

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Joe Ayoub has launched a campaign for Mayor of Safety Harbor. Ayoub, a former Safety Harbor mayor and commission member, says he brings a record of balancing the budget, working with all sides to solve issues and a commonsense plan for managing progress while maintaining Safety Harbor’s small town charm. “It was an honor and privilege to serve as Safety Harbor’s Mayor in 2013 and previously as a commissioner for six years,” Ayoub said. “We accomplished a lot and I’m…

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