City of Dunedin qualifying ends: 3 unopposed Commissioners and 2 to run for mayor

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November elections for the City of Dunedin will undoubtedly be a low key affair.

As Florida enters the second day of election qualifications statewide, candidate filing has already completed in the quiet Pinellas County town with a population of just over 35,000.

The results — three unopposed candidates for City Commission and two sitting commissioners facing off for mayor.

Of the open City Commission contests, all three are candidates are now running unopposed — Bruce Livingston takes Seat 1; Seat 2 goes to Deborah Kynes, and John Tornga gets Seat 4.

Qualifying for city races ended noon Monday, June 16.

To succeed Mayor Dave Eggers, who is leaving to become one of the dozen candidates for Pinellas County Commission District 4, will be either Seat 1 Commissioner Julie Scales or Seat 4 Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski.

Seat 1 candidate Bruce Livingston is president of the Boyd Industries Inc., a specialty manufacturer of dental and medical equipment. He chairs the Clearwater Free Clinic, a member of the Dunedin North Rotary Club and serves on the board of the Salvation Army Clearwater Corps.

Livingston has served the Dunedin Code Enforcement Board between 2000 and 2008. From 2010 to 2011, he was on the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Citizen Advisory Committee.

Seat 2 candidate Deborah Kynes served as a city commissioner from 1999-2009 and currently works as an attorney for Harper, Kynes, Geller, Greenleaf, & Frayman, P.A.  In addition to serving on the Florida Humanities Council Board, Kynes also sits on the Dunedin Fine Arts Center Advisory Board, on the board of directors for the Pinellas Center for Girls and as part of the Institute for Strategic Public Policy Solutions.

Seat 4 candidate John Tornga is founder of Capital Data Consulting Inc., and serves as president of the Spanish Trails Homeowner’s Association and as a member of the Dunedin Boat Club.

Mayoral candidate Julie Scales is on the City Commission, where she has served since November 2012. She is a practicing public finance law attorney at Holland & Knight and the Pinellas County Attorney’s Office.  Scales is a member of the Florida, Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations.

A past chair of the Dunedin Charter Review Committee and the Dunedin Ordinance Review Committee, Scales is also a former board member of the Board of Finance for Dunedin Friends of the Library. She also served on the Committee on Environmental Quality.

Scales’ opponent is Julie Ward Bujalski, who is serving her third term on the City Commission, first elected in April 2006.

Bujalski enjoyed a career as an economic forecaster/planner after spending two decades in the fashion industry in a variety of roles, such as buyer, product developer, and merchandise manager. She currently serves as a liaison to the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, treasurer/secretary of the board and chair of the planning committee. She is also PSTA’s representative to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and is member of both Greenlight Pinellas Council  and the Advisory Council on Pinellas Transit committees.

Both Kynes and Tornga will be serving four-year terms. Livingston’s term is for two years, as is the winner of the Dunedin mayor’s race.

The election is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and winners will take office officially on Monday, Nov. 17.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.