CLEARWATER — The March 11 municipal election has drawn the attention of five candidates vying for two seats on the city council.
The contest for Seat 5, currently held by term-limited Vice Mayor Paul Gibson, will be a two-person race. Local businessman Hoyt Hamilton, co-owner of the Palm Pavilion restaurant and Palm Pavilion Inn, and military veteran Jon Paul Rosa are vying for the seat.
The race for Seat 4, currently held by Councilman Bill Jonson, has turned into a three-way contest. Jonson is seeking re-election. His challengers are David Allbritton, CEO of David Allbritton Building Contractor, Inc., who has served on a number of city boards during the past 14 years; and Konrad McCree, Jr., a business analyst for Wellcare Health Plans, Inc., and senior pastor at Simply Kingdom Ministries, a nondenominational church.
All candidates were invited to complete a baseline questionnaire that provides general background information about themselves, their basic views and their opinion of why they're the best choice for the council seat. All candidates, except Jon Paul Rosa, submitted their responses prior to the Gazette's deadline.
In addition, organizations will be hosting debates and forums. The public is invited to an open forum hosted by the Sand Key Civic Association at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, 1001 Gulf Blvd. The Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition hosted a candidate forum Wednesday night after the Gazette's publishing deadline.
To read the candidates responses, go to the Gazette's onlineNews section.