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Jack Latvala endorses Joe Ayoub for Safety Harbor mayor

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Joe Ayoub has launched a campaign for mayor of Safety Harbor and continues to gain strong momentum while gaining key endorsements, this time from one of Pinellas’ most prominent leaders, state Sen. Jack Latvala.

“Pinellas County isn’t just my home, it’s our future home and we must elect good leaders to protect it. Joe is one of the good guys and his background as a former Mayor and CPA will serve Safety Harbor’s residents well. Joe has a pragmatic approach to solving problems and I have watched Joe contribute to Safety Harbor’s success with his vision for a better future. As your Pinellas County senator I look forward to working with Joe as Safety Harbor’s next Mayor,” Latavala said.

Latvala joins former Florida chief financial officer Alex Sink and former elected official Neil Brickfield in supporting Ayoub. Ayoub said 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. 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,” Ayoub said.

“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 went to Countryside High School and studied at the University of Florida. He is the chief financial officer at Data Blue and he believes in responsible budgeting. He lives in Safety Harbor and enjoys biking and running. To learn more about him, visit

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