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Jay Polgaze to take on Robert Cundiff during Clearwater candidate forum tonight

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Jay Polgaze and Robert Cundiff will square off in a candidate forum Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Clearwater. Cundiff is challenging Polgaze for his seat on City Council.

The forum will be held in Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall located at 112 South Osceola Avenue in downtown Clearwater. A live stream of the event will be broadcast on the City of Clearwater’s website under the “live meeting” tab. The event will also be archived for those who can’t catch it live.

It will also be broadcast live and then re-broadcast throughout Election Day on C-VIEW TV. That station can be seen on Bright House Network’s channel 638, channel 15 on WoW of channel 30 on Verizon.

Polgaze is seeking his second term after having been elected in 2012. He currently serves as Vice Mayor. Polgaze worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 29 years and is a U.S. Army veteran.

Polgaze also serves as an executive board member for the American Cancer Society of Pinellas and sits on the Citizens Advisory Council of the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Polgaze also served on the Clearwater Downtown Development board and is a two-time member of the city’s Charter Review Committee.

Cundiff is a70-year old St. Petersburg College teacher. He teaches speech communication and public speaking. This is his first bid for elected office.

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and council member Doreen Hock Di-Polito were also up for re-election this year. Both were elected unopposed. In addition to the Polgaze/Cundiff matchup, seven charter amendments will also appear on the Clearwater municipal ballot March 15.

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 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

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