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Safety Harbor draws full slate of candidates

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After qualifying closed Tuesday, eight candidates are vying for three seats on the Safety Harbor City Commission. Running for mayor are Joe Ayoub and Janet Hooper. Ayoub is a former mayor who also served on the commission. He is facing Hooper, who is in her first term as a commissioner. She resigned from Seat 1 to run for mayor. Hooper’s resignation is effective March 21, the week after the election. Four candidates are lining up to serve the remainder of…

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Scott Long to run for Safety Harbor commission

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Business owner Scott Long announced Wednesday his candidacy for Seat 1 on the Safety Harbor City Commission. “The tone of discourse in Safety Harbor over the past few years has hurt my heart,” Long said. “We can disagree yet still be respectful. I’ve spent my life helping people with differing views find common ground so we can move forward together. And now I’d like to do that for the city I love.” Seat 1 is currently held by Janet Hooper…

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Janet Hooper resigns from commission to run for Safety Harbor mayor

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Safety Harbor commissioner Janet Hooper turned in her resignation Monday to run for mayor. She’ll still be sitting in Seat 1 on the commission for a while. Her resignation is not effective until March 21, the week after Safety Harbor’s municipal election. State law requires officeholders to resign to run for a different office. “It has been an honor to serve as a commissioner these past two years and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the residents of…

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