Local businessman Housh Ghovaee is asking voters for a chance to serve a full term on the Madeira Beach City Commission.
Ghovaee, owner of Clearwater’s Northside Engineering, was appointed to replace Pat Shontz, who had resigned Seat 4 last year during a battle over two controversial development projects, which led to ethics complaints levied against several city officials.
“My love for America is greater than my love for self-preservation. That is why I want to do this,” Ghovaee told the Tampa Bay Reporter. “My love for America translates into my love for my city. Public service is something I strongly believe in.”
Ghovaee’s appointment sparked a suit accusing the commission of violating Sunshine Laws. Although he would not discuss the matter with reporters, Ghovaee did say it was over disclosures at the time he filed paperwork, which he said was at the direction of the city clerk.
“There’s really no issue,” Ghovaee told the Reporter. “There are many ethics complaints. They’re all being thrown out one at a time. This is just another sound bite … from people who really have no interest in the city.”
If voters give him a full term on his own, Ghovaee is looking to meet with Madeira Beach residents frequently, as well as hold a series of workshops and public comment sessions. Among his top issues: street beautification, a walking/bike trail connecting Archibald Park and War Veteran’s Memorial Park, and safety improvements on 150th Avenue.
Ghovaee has an extensive record of community activism, serving on dozens of boards over his 30-year career, including the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Southwest Florida Water Management District Anclote basin board, Florida Holocaust Museum board and as chair of the Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce Board.
Ghovaee faces John Douthirt and David Allen Hitterman. Voter registration for the March 14 election ends Monday.