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Dunedin Vice Mayor Bruce Livingston to run for mayor

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Dunedin Vice Mayor Bruce Livingston is eyeing the next step. According to the Tampa Bay Times, he is running for mayor. The 30-year resident made the decision early in order to get the election conversation started. That election is in November.

Livingston will host a campaign kickoff party at Bon Appetit in downtown Dunedin at 148 Marina Plaza. The March 7 event begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs through 7:30.

Livingston reportedly wants to run a more positive campaign citing a sense of frustration both locally and nationally over negative campaigning. More details about his campaign will be released at the kickoff party.

Livingston was elected to the Dunedin City Commission in 2014 after the sale of his dental equipment manufacturing business based in Clearwater. After hanging up his business owner cap, Livingston has worked with various nonprofits including the Clearwater Free Clinic, Salvation Army and a group he founded, the Community Dental Clinic.

“Given where we are today in Dunedin, the city needs another skill set,” he said, according to the Times. “What Dunedin needs now is a consensus builder and team approach.”

Livingston already has a campaign website setup, but it’s quite minimalist. It contains an option for voters to subscribe to updates via email and an opportunity to donate online.

Livingston’s Facebook page hasn’t been active since October, but it lists the candidate’s values as, “integrity, vision, commitment to service: Bruce Livingston embodies that rare combination of qualities essential for Dunedin’s future.”

Livingston will likely face current Dunedin Mayor and former City Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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