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Three commish seats up for grabs in Safety Harbor

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The otherwise quaint town of Safety Harbor can occasionally find itself home to rather loud city elections. For example, I managed Andy Steingold’s first campaign, an upset bid against Commissioner Deb White. The race was a bruising example of the local politics that can sometimes turn neighbor against neighbor depending on the campaign sign in their front yard.
Safety Harbor is also a good example of the lesson that today’s city commissioner is tomorrow’s fill-in-the-blank, i.e., Pinellas County Commissioner Neil Brickfield got his start in politics serving on the Safety Harbor city commission.
So keep an eye on these three races, set for a March 10 election. (The campaigns of the candidates running in Safety Harbor don’t seem to be as technologically advanced as their colleagues in, say, Dunedin; I could not find campaign websites for any candidates.):
In seat 1, incumbent Joe Ayoub will have to fend off challengers Robin Fornino and Karen Skiff.
In seat 2, Vice Mayor Mary Linda Williams is seeking another term, but Barbara Ewert stands her way.
In seat 3, Nadine Nickerson, who has yet to say she will run for re-election, faces at least two other candidates: Nancy Besore and Glenn Caristinos.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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