For Immediate Release
Councilmember Cundiff Files For Reelection
Clearwater, FL — Dr. Bob Cundiff, who Clearwater voters elected to Seat 3 in 2016 on the five-member Clearwater City Council, filed for reelection for a second term.
The non-partisan Clearwater City Council election will take place March 17, 2020, with Seat 2, Seat 3 and the Mayor positions on the ballot, along with the presidential preference primary and other races. Registered voters in all portions of Clearwater will be able to vote for candidates in each of the three council races.
An adjunct professor the past 22 years at the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College, Cundiff earned a PhD at Southern Illinois University and for 19 years was a professor and Chair of the Communication Arts Department at the former Clearwater Christian College.
During his successful 2016 race, Cundiff pledged to schedule monthly public hearings each year in all parts of the city. He’s kept that promise and is the only Councilmember holding such meetings at the five Clearwater public libraries.
“To me, reaching out to people in their communities to learn what they’re thinking is more valuable than waiting for them to seek me out,” said Cundiff. “After all, half of communication is listening. So, listening to residents and business owners and helping people have been very satisfying aspects of the job.”
Cundiff again intends to run a positive campaign. “As an educator, I’m experienced in working harmoniously with others to achieve cooperation,” he said. “Being negative is counterproductive and not my nature.”
A Christian, Cundiff is active with the Lakeside Community Chapel, a church in Clearwater. When not teaching or serving on the council, he also works with a local group of the Gideons International and with the Clearwater chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, of which he is one of the past presidents.
“I love working with veterans and honoring veterans, and supporting Clearwater’s Veterans Memorial Plaza at Crest Lake Park,” Cundiff said. He is also an associate member of the Dramatists Guild and meets with local playwrights.
His hobbies include amateur photography, genealogical research and watching classic movies, including silent films.
The March election will be particularly crucial because Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne and City Attorney Pam Akin are expected to step down, perhaps in 2020, though neither has set a date. With an annual city budget exceeding half a billion dollars and Horne and Akin being 20-year employees, Councilmembers will be charged with the critical task of choosing their successors. While several challengers have also filed for Seat 3 so far to run against Cundiff, none have held any public office in Clearwater.
“With so many changes and challenges coming up soon for our city, this is not the time for on-the-job training,” Cundiff said. “I hope to continue to earn the trust of Clearwater citizens. By retaining my current seat on the city council, I hope to represent everyone honestly and fairly for another four years.”
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