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9/29/2020 St. Pete News

City of Dunedin virtual candidate forum set for Sept. 29

City of Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski will defend her seat against Vice-Mayor Heather Gracy during a virtual candidate forum on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Moderated by former news anchor Al Ruechel, the forum will focus on the mayoral and City Commission Seat 3 races.

This virtual event is from 7-8:30 p.m. and is a collaboration involving the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at SPC, the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, the Dunedin Council of Organizations and the Downtown Merchants Association. To register and view forum information, visit stpe.co/dunedinforum.

Bujalski was elected to the Dunedin City Commission in 2006, served two peer-appointed terms as vice-mayor, and was elected mayor twice, beginning in 2014.

Gracy is currently serving her second term as Seat 3 commissioner. Her first term was from 2012-2016 and her second from 2016-2020. She was appointed vice-mayor in 2014 and currently serves in that position.

Mike Quill and John Tornga are vying for Commission Seat 3, currently held by Gracy.

Quill served as a police officer with the Gulfport Police Department and was promoted through the ranks to command level as lieutenant and acting chief. He served on the Collective Bargaining Team for the city to negotiate labor contracts, write policy and prepare budgets, and also was the department’s public information officer.

Tornga previously served as a Dunedin city commissioner from 2014 to 2018. He served in the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam. He is the founder and president of Capital Data Consulting Inc.

For more information, visit isps.spcollege.edu or call 727-394-6942