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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 proud of the work that we did. I absolutely love serving our community, which is why I’m running to be the next mayor of Safety Harbor.”

He added, “I will spend the beginning part of my campaign knocking on a lot of doors as part of my ‘listening tour’ to hear directly from residents about the issues and concerns that are most important to them. I have also provided an online survey on my website at where citizens can share their thoughts on the issues or get in touch with me directly.”

Ayoub said, if elected, he will

— Lead with a positive tone and inclusive style,

— Focus on making our downtown more vibrant,

— Add amenities to the city’s waterfront park,

— Protect property rights and values,

— Reduce the height and scale of the proposed seven-story condo building in Safety Harbor’s downtown.

Ayoub said he believes in responsible budgeting.

“As the mayor and as a licensed CPA, I’m proud to have passed the first balanced budget for the first time in seven years. Going forward I’ll continue being laser focused on keeping taxes low and spending in check,” Ayoub said.

Ayoub is a graduate of Countryside High School and studied at the University of Florida. He is the chief financial officer at Data Blue. Joe lives in Safety Harbor and enjoys biking and running.

Ayoub has loaned himself $3,000 to kick off his campaign, according to financial records filed with the City Clerk’s office. He has a fundraiser scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Coastal Cantina and Grill, 544 Second St. S, Safety Harbor.

The Safety Harbor election is March 14. The mayor and Seat 4 on the Safety Harbor City Commission are up for grabs. The candidate qualifying period for the nonpartisan races begins at noon Jan. 3 and closes at noon Jan. 10.

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