Two Pinellas Park City Council members won re-election last week unopposed. Seat 3 incumbent Rick Butler and Seat 4 incumbent Jerry Mullins celebrated victory as the qualifying deadline came and went last Tuesday with no challengers filing to run against the incumbents.
Current Mayor Sandra Bradbury will face an opponent. Former assistant public works administrator Keith Sabiel is running to replace her.
Sabiel ran unsuccessfully for City Council last year. According to his Facebook page, Sabiel was notified last Monday that his petition signatures required as part of the filing procedures were certified.
Pinellas Park voters will also decide whether or not to authorize City Council to grant ad valorem tax exemptions to qualifying new businesses or those who are undergoing a qualifying expansion.
The referendum is aimed at increasing economic development in the city as well as promoting new businesses and growing existing business in order to create jobs.
Voters will be asked yes or no whether to grant council that authority.
The mayoral election and referendum appear on the March 15 Presidential Preference Primary ballot.
City Council members in Pinellas Park earn about $18,000 a year for the part time work while Mayor’s earn about $21,000.