Lina Teixeira won’t support Kathleen Beckman for Clearwater Mayor

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Teixeira is speaking out about behavior she describes as disparaging.

Clearwater City Council member Lina Teixeira has, until now, tried to stay neutral in the city’s mayoral race.

But with less than a month until Election Day on March 19, Teixeira is breaking her silence.

Teixeira tells Florida Politics she cannot support City Council member Kathleen Beckman in her bid for Mayor or City Council member Mark Bunker in his re-election, arguing her colleagues have shown a “pattern of disparaging the other people they wish to work with.”

“I’m very concerned about our ability to be unified in governing the city,” Teixeira said. “This is not about me endorsing people, it’s about me saying these two incumbents cannot garner consensus and build partnership and cohesiveness,” she added.

Teixeira offered some examples, particularly related to Beckman. She said Beckman repeatedly says at candidate forums that she was the hardest working person on the City Council.

“That is very difficult for my husband and I to hear because I work very hard as well,” she said, noting that just because she tends to work odd hours — she’s a self-proclaimed night owl — it doesn’t mean she works any less hard.

She added that she agrees that Beckman works hard, but she disagrees with the implication that Beckman is the only one who does.

“I would never dismiss her efforts; I find it offensive that she dismisses mine,” Teixeira said.

Teixeira said Beckman “gets personal” when there are matters on the dais for which the two disagree.

“Let’s say there’s a subject that we’re discussing and I agree with the issue, however I have a different view of the solution. Then she will tend to say, ‘that’s disingenuous, that’s disrespectful, are those your values?’” Teixeira said. “There are ways to address disagreement without disparaging or being divisive.”

Teixeira is supporting Beckman’s opponent, Bruce Rector. She said she believes he is better equipped to bring unity to the City Council, leadership she said will help officials better govern the city.

“I believe that a leader must unite and elevate their team and I believe that Bruce will do that,” she said. “Based on the pattern of rhetoric in the forums, I don’t think Kathleen has that leadership skill.”

Bunker had not officially endorsed a candidate, but recently commented on a column penned by Florida Politics Publisher Peter Schorsch. The column argued Beckman should stop pointing fingers over a well-documented campaign flub and instead take responsibility. Bunker came to her defense.

“No one has worked harder than Kathleen or earned as much respect from citizens as she has,” he wrote, adding a list of accomplishments.

He also commented that campaign finance records “should show that I made a donation to her campaign,” adding that the Beckman campaign returned the donation “because they said they didn’t want to accept endorsements from other council members.”

Teixeira said that’s not true; she said Beckman solicited her endorsement personally.

Beckman is facing an ethics complaint from former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard alleging Beckman campaigned for office using city resources — she sent letters on city letterhead to a list of recipients Hibbard claims was targeted.

Beckman has pushed back against the complaint, arguing it is a political move meant to discredit her campaign. Hibbard has endorsed Beckman’s opponent, Rector.

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 Riordon

    February 23, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    So now the buzz word when establishment crowd or wanna bee types on council don’t get others to go along to get along is “partnership,consensus and cohesiveness”. The last thing I want to see is more of the routine rubber stamping anything and everything for special interest groups etc by the same old crowd. Lina Texteria will do just about anything for the endorsement of the old guard and political groups for $ and endorsements. She has sold out against the Drew Street Streetscape that will dramatically improve safety and quality of life. But the neighborhoods it benefits don’t support her downtown crowd agenda. Which usually entails asking for taxpayers $ and closing off Cleveland street. Texteria repeatedly votes down various projects or ideas with no Plan B better options while simultaneously stating “we need to look at other options”. I’m also curious why she all of a sudden decided to attack both Beckman and Bunker now. In my opinion she was told by those she will need in two years when she runs again to attack. Once again another bought and paid for article with no inclusion of actually doing homework on why Clearwater needs the “People’s Candidates” Beckman and Bunker. Or even call them for comments. Clearwater doesn’t need the prefab droids being processed and spit out by local groups/PACs just to further wealthy whitebread special interest groups and the local lobbyist Amplify. The same Amplify who received at least $500,000 of taxpayer $ in 2023 and backed doored the council who gave them the $ in Tallahassee running to Berfield and Hooper whining about Drew Street plan. And of course Lina Texteria never publicly admonished her friends/lobbyist supporters. If you smell something nasty in downtown Clearwater don’t assume it’s a low tide.

  • Lisa Lanza

    March 1, 2024 at 12:47 am

    Lina, Rector and Cotton will not support Single Member Districts. The only way to get that accomplished is by citizen petitions and a city charter Referendum

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