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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…

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Jay Polgaze spends $10,000 more than his opponent in less than two weeks

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Clearwater City Council member Jay Polgaze continues to trounce his opponent in his re-election bid. Polgaze has brought in more than $22,000 in campaign contributions as of February 12th. His challenger, Robert Cundiff, has raised just $4,329 and much of that has come from self-loans. Polgaze raised $6,300 from February 1st through February 12th. He raked in several high-dollar contributions including $500 from Clearwater Chamber of Commerce head Brian Aungst Jr. and $500 from his dad, former Clearwater Mayor Brian…

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Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, City Councilmember Doreen Hock DiPolito re-elected unopposed

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Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and City Council member Doreen Hock DiPolito will both serve second terms. The two were re-elected Friday unopposed after qualifying for their races closed. “The one thing that I do not like about elections is having to raise money,” Cretekos said. “I can refund in full all the contributions I received.” As of November 2, Cretekos had raised more than $47,000. He spent just over $2,500, but plans to cover those expenses out of pocket and…

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Politics put BP settlement money discussions on hold in Clearwater

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Clearwater City Council and mayoral re-election races are holding up progress on how to spend $6.4 million in BP settlement money even though the it has been available since July. The council will hold off at least four months on determining what to do with the cash. At issue are re-election campaigns for Mayor George Cretekos and City Council members Doreen Hock DiPolito and Jay Polgaze who are all appearing on the March ballot. During a meeting Nov. 5, City…

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In addition to presidential candidates, here’s what to expect on local ballots in 2016

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Everyone knows about the Presidential Preference Primary March 15, but not as many know there are a bunch of municipalities packing ballots with local candidates as well. All of the Belleairs – Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs and Belleair Shore – will have one council member or commission seat on the ballot each. Clearwater will elect a Mayor and two City Council members. Same goes for Gulfport. Indian Rocks beach will have two commission seats on the ballot as well…

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Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos to seek re-election, announces kick-off fundraiser

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George Cretekos will be seeking another term as Clearwater mayor. To celebrate the launch of his re-election campaign, Cretekos, the city’s former vice mayor who served on the City Council since 2007, announced a kick-off fundraising reception at the Sheraton Sand Key on Monday, September 28. Hosting the event are more than 100 local entrepreneurs, neighborhood leaders, and supporters. The popular Clearwater politician won his first term to succeed term-limited Mayor Frank Hibbard in 2012 with a landslide of 71 percent. Hibbard is…

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Clearwater Vice Mayor Jay Polglaze says he’ll seek re-election in 2016

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The past four year weren’t enough for Clearwater City Councilmember Jay Polglaze. He says he wants to serve four more. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support I received over the past four years,” wrote Polglaze in an e-mail addressed to dear friends. “I am asking you to join me again in my campaign for re-election.” The 35-year Clearwater resident currently holds City Council’s Seat 3. He also doubles as the city’s vice mayor, a post he took over…

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