Clearwater City Council member Doreen Caudell makes early bid for Pinellas County Commission
Clearwater City Council member Doreen Caudell has announced she will run as a Republican for Pinellas County Commission next year against incumbent Democrat Pat Gerard.
The November 2018 election has the potential to disrupt the first Democratic majority on the board since the 1960s, achieved in 2014 with Gerard's victory in District 2.
Caudell, whose second term on the City Council ends in 2020, said her priorities for the county-wide seat would focus on the environment, stormwater infrastructure needs, economic development and affordable housing.
According to City Charter, Caudell will have to step down from the council in November 2018 whether or not she is elected to the County Commission.
"I know I can add effective, better leadership to the Pinellas County Commission and ensure our community's needs are heard and met," Caudell said Thursday.
Two other seats are also up for grabs next year. Republican Commissioner John Morroni confirmed in March he will not seek a fifth term for District 6, and three Republican candidates have officially announced their bids for his seat: state Reps. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, and Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, and Barb Haselden, a St. Petersburg resident who led the No Tax for Tracks group that helped defeat the Greenlight Pinellas transportation sales tax.
Republican Dave Eggers said Thursday he is "very definitely" running for a second term in District 4 and will officially announce later this summer.
He has so far not drawn any challengers - but it's still early yet.