Another would-be candidate looks to join the race for Clearwater City Council

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The race for two open spots on the Clearwater City Council is beginning to heat up. Attorney Nathan Hightower is expressing interest in one of the at-large city district seats.

The 56-year-old commercial litigator told the Tampa Bay Times that he is seriously considering running, but was not clear as to which race he will choose. Incumbent City Council Member Bill Jonson already has one announced opponent, local contractor David Allbritton. Former Council member Hoyt Hamilton said it is possible he will also compete for the open seat of term-limited Vice-Mayor Paul Gibson.

In deciding which race to take, Hightower would have to consider entering a three-way contest, as opposed to a two-person race for the vacant council seat.

Hightower still has some time to answer. Candidates have until September to register their application. By then, Hightower says the race might be very different.

“You never know, things could change,” he told the Times.

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