Scott Thomas rolls out endorsements in Clearwater City Council contest

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Business, faith and community are all represented.

Clearwater City Council candidate Scott Thomas is highlighting a series of endorsements he’s been quietly accumulating throughout the last several weeks leading up to the city’s March 17 municipal election.

The endorsements include business and advocacy groups, community and faith leaders and an elected official.

One of Thomas’ most impactful endorsements comes from Amplify Clearwater, the city’s chamber of commerce, which endorsed Thomas as a candidate who will bring a fresh perspective and new energy to City Council.

Thomas is running for Seat 3 against incumbent Bob Cundiff and two others including Kathleen Beckman and Bud Elias.

The city has up for election this year its Mayor and Seat 2 and 3.

Thomas also picked up an endorsement from Treasure Island City Commissioner Tyler Payne.

“I’m proud to support my friend Scott Thomas for Clearwater City Council. We need more local elected officials from the next generation to bring a fresh perspective to our cities around the state. I am confident that Scott will do just that and serve the residents of Clearwater well,” Payne said.

Thomas previously served as a member of the Board of Education in his hometown of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. During his two terms in office, he served as the board Vice President, chairman of the Personnel Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee.

Thomas now works as the Senior Human Resources Director at HCR ManorCare in Dunedin.

He also picked up an endorsement from Clearwater Beach Association Vice President Linda Kubilius.

“I support Scott Thomas because he supports our neighborhoods! You may think living on the beach is all wine & roses, but we have major issues and Scott listens to and understands those concerns.  It’s going to take fresh leadership to help change our city and I’m confident that Scott has the experience that will bring fresh leadership to city hall,” Kubilius said.

Faith leader Christopher Ervin, an elder at the North Greenwood Bible Church of God in Clearwater, also endorsed Thomas.

“Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Scott Thomas is the most qualified candidate to run for city council.  Scott exemplifies honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness.  I trust and believe that Scott will use these qualities to create a better balance to the city that is much divided,” Ervin said.

Thomas previously picked up an endorsement from the Clearwater Fraternal Order of Police in December.

“I’m proud to have these endorsements of exceptional organizations and leaders within our community.  I am committed to making Clearwater a better place to live, work, and raise a family.  But the endorsement I want the most, is the voters on March 17th, Thomas said.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


  • Mike

    March 6, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Scott Thomas is a carpetbagging lowlife who has violated a city ordinance by dragging partisan politics into a nonpartisan municipal election. Scott Thomas is a hometown joke in 16K person small town in pa. My opinion is he new or participated in scam robocall event recently. I won’t be surprised if clearpac and FOP rescind endorsements. Don’t trust this Trumpet lying tool.

  • Josh

    March 10, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Unqualified buffoon that Republican PACs throw money behind to smear other candidates. In a city election? How sad. That’s what happens when you pander to the lowest common denominator because your base is shrinking. If working in HR at a retirement home qualifies you to a seat on the Clearwater city council, then I need to start packing my stuff up. As far as I can tell, Scott Thomas is the least qualified of anyone running.

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