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Doug Bevis doubles down on Pinellas County Commission hints

Bevis is the former Mayor of Oldsmar.

Former Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis is dropping more hints — some pretty obvious ones — that he plans to run for Pinellas County Commission.

Bevis, a Republican, posted “ramping up to run … #TeamBevis” on his Facebook page Sunday. That same day he posted a resume or sorts including sitting on boards of directors for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, the Tourism Development Council and Jolley Trolley as well as his term as President of the Mayors’ Council of Pinellas County.

“Oops and Mayor of Oldsmar for the last 6 yers. Oh and 30 year radio personality on radio in Tampa with the last 10 on US103.5. Yes it is Bevis on Radio. You may not know you know me,” Bevis added.

Tuesday, Bevis attended, and announced on Facebook he was attending, a Pinellas County Commission meeting. Candidates planning to run somehow manage to become frequenters at meetings in the weeks before officially announcing.

The hints aren’t exactly new.

“I’m vetting the idea of running for Pinellas County Commission,” Bevis previously told Tampa Bay Newspapers the day he left office in Oldsmar. In that interview, Bevis reportedly noted noting he has already spoken with Dave Eggers and Commissioner Janet Long about the prospect.

“I’ve been talking to people, getting feedback and taking the pulse of the area. I think I have a good relationship with the other 23 mayors in Pinellas County. But it’s a heavy lift, no question about it. So, we’ll see,” Bevis continued.

It’s not clear which seat Bevis would seek. Seats 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election this year. Bevis lives in Eggers’ single member district 4. Districts 1 and 3 are at-large districts. Commissioners Long and Charlie Justice represent those districts, respectively. Both are seeking reelection, which would make a challenge difficult.

However, both Long and Justice are Democrats. Bevis is a Republican.

Florida Politics reached out to Bevis who said he would call Tuesday. As of Thursday, he had yet called.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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