The list of candidates vying to fill Susan Latvala’s District 4 seat on the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners has expanded again.
Palm Harbor resident, Largo firefighter- emergency medical technician and Palm Harbor Middle School boys basketball coach Macho Liberti announced his candidacy into the crowded race last week.
Liberti is one of nine residents to have filed a Statement of Candidate form to the county and is holding a meet-and-greet event 6:30–8 p.m. on March 20 at Tiffany’s Restaurant in Palm Harbor.
“I believe I have the ability and skills necessary to make a difference in Pinellas County,” Liberti wrote in a press release sent out last Thursday. “With current issues like Greenlight Pinellas, struggling small businesses and escalating EMS costs, District 4 needs an advocate that will fight on their behalf to ensure their opinions and feeling are heard on the Pinellas County Commission.”
Latvala, a three-term commissioner and Palm Harbor resident who has served on the commission since 2000, withdrew her candidacy in late January.
The race involves six Republican candidates — Dave Eggers, Scott Fisher, Johnny Johnson, Timothy Keffalas, Wanda Kimsey and Liberti — two Democrats — Jack McAdoo and Mark Weinkrantz — and independent contender Marcus Harrison.
The District 4 seat joins two other BCC positions on the Nov. 4 ballot: At Large District 2 and District 6.
District 2 incumbent Norm Roche and District 6 incumbent John Morroni are running for re-election.