The 2017 Safety Harbor municipal election is finally here, and not a moment too soon.
While local elections can be contentious, perhaps none in Safety Harbor’s history has been more heated than the 2017 campaign season, as a number of hot-button issues have divided residents over the past several months.
As you probably know by now, eight candidates are vying for three open City Commission seats, including a pair of mayoral candidates, and voters got the opportunity to learn more about each of them at the candidate forum in January and through the individual candidate profiles Safety Harbor Connect published last month.
Here’s a breakdown of the candidates, listed in alphabetical order, and the seats they are running for:
The eight candidates vying for three open Safety Harbor City Commission seats were introduced to the public at a forum held at the Safety Harbor Community Center on Thursday, January 19, 2017.
On the eve of Election Day 2017, here are some things you will need to know before heading to the polls.
According to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website, there are five polling stations that serve eight precincts in the City of Safety Harbor:
A screenshot of a sample ballot for the 2017 Safety Harbor muncipal election taken from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website.
- Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. (#606, 608 & 613)
- Cyprus Meadows Community Church, 2180 N. McMullen Booth Rd. (#611 & 612)
- Espirito Santo Catholic Church, 2405 Philippe Pkwy (#614)
- Countryside Baptist Church, 2525 N. McMullen Booth Rd. (#615)
- Briar Creek Mobile Home Park, Clubhouse #1, 100 Briar Creek Blvd. (#619)
The polls open at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 7:00 p.m.
The SOE website reminds voters to make sure you have a valid ID with picture and signature in order to vote.
According to the SOE, Safety Harbor had 5,812 ballots mailed, picked up and voted in election offices as of March 10. Of those, 2,802 have been returned, or 48.21%. Real-time election results can be found on the SOE website starting Tuesday.
If you missed our individual candidate profiles when they were originally published, or you would like a reminder of each of the candidates plans and ideas for the city, this article contains all eight of the Safety Harbor Connect candidate profiles.
Follow Safety Harbor Connect on Facebook and Twitter for live updates and results on Election Day, and look for a full recap of the election on Safety Harbor Connect.com. on Wednesday.