“As a Fiscally Conservative Mayor, I will always be cognizant of how the city spends hard-earned tax dollars. As an Activist Mayor, I will continue to be accessible and involved with the heartbeat of the community. As a Citizen Mayor, I will strive to maintain safe, secure, and family-friendly neighborhoods for people of all ages,” pledges Mayor Leslie Waters.
· Leslie Waters has served on Seminole City Council, 10 years; Councilor, Vice Mayor, Interim Mayor, and now Mayor for 5 years.
Since first elected to Seminole City Council - 2009 through 2019:
· Balanced budget each year; Debt-Free status, 9/30/2019
· City Population has grown – 19,449
· NO millage increase since 1996; NO decrease in city services; NO staff layoffs; NO tapping into Reserves
· Approximate number of employees – 142; Approximate Budget - $17 million
· Fire Pension Funding level: 88%
· New Public Works Building, Emergency Operations Center and Community Building at City Park opened
· Seminole Mall razed, 40 acres, redeveloped into the Seminole City Center
· Seminole Historical Museum
· Parks currently being developed – the development of Waterfront Park, renovation of Orange Blossom Park, the transformation of the Repetto Property adjacent to City Park into a Revenue producing park.
· Neighborhood paving plan; drainage improved; energy efficient buildings
· Senior Lounge opened at the Recreation Center, second floor
· Expanded the Children’s Library at the Seminole Community Library
· I voted NOT to raise salaries for the Members of Seminole Council.
City of Seminole has been booming over my 10 years on Council – Walmart @ Bay Pines, Holiday Inn Select, Village Inn, Texas Road House, Starbucks, Brooklyn Pizza, All Care Medical, Culvers, Miller’s Ale House, Aldi, Dairy Queen, Auto Zone, Wendy’s, Movie Studio Grille, Outback, Vampire Penguin, and many more new shops and restaurants have opened.
I have been instrumental with:
· Seminole hosting an annual Hurricane Seminar
· The Red, White and Blue Initiative for the City; The Home Town Hero Recognition Program
· The City being designated a “Purple Heart City” & Getting a Flag displayed at
Seminole City Center
· The Coordination of an ongoing citywide canned food drive
· Coordinating of a “Sock it to the Mayor” sock drive, for veterans, military, homeless
· Sparkle-Up Drive, for low income families
· Coordinating of the most Spectacular Seminole Back-to-School-Supplies-Drive ever in the City, benefiting eight schools, August 2019
· Hosting an annual Seminole Citizens Academy
· Hosting a Home Rule Forum at St. Petersburg College – Seminole Campus
· Participating with Meals on Wheels deliveries
· Quarterly Citizen Chats and Meet-ups with the Mayor
· Monthly “WALK Seminole Neighborhoods,” thousands of homes
door-to-door since 2009
· Florida State University – Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees
· Supreme Court Certified Mediator
· Allstate Insurance Company – Human Resources and Public Affairs Management
· Leslie Waters Government Relations
· IRI Global, Washington D.C. – enhancing democracy worldwide - international consulting
· University of South Florida St. Petersburg – Adjunct Political Science Professor
· Eckerd College – Adjunct Political Science Professor
· City of Seminole
Florida House of Representatives
· I served in the Florida House for 8 years, in numerous leadership positions, leaving office due to term limits
· Chairman – House Insurance Committee
· Chairman – House Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations
· Co-Chairman – Joint Hurricane Preparedness Committee
· State Representative, Speaker Pro-Tempore
City of Seminole
· Elected to Council, 2009; Served as a Councilor, Vice Mayor, Interim Mayor, and Mayor
· Florida League of Cities
· Suncoast League of Cities
· Florida League of Mayors
· Pinellas County Mayors Council
· PEMHS Mental Health Board of Directors
· Seminole VFW-A
· Seminole Friends of the Library
· Seminole Historical Society
· Seminole Chamber of Commerce
· NAACP – St. Petersburg Chapter
· Pinellas County Sheriffs Citizens Academy
· Fire Ops Training
· Pinellas County Farm Bureau Board
· Pinellas County Sherriff Advisory Board
· Pinellas County Urban League Board
· Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce – Inspire Award
· Florida State University – Distinguished Alumni
· PEMHS Mental Health – 20 years of distinguished mental health advocacy
· Girl Scouts of West Central Florida – Woman of Distinction
· Florida League of Cities – Many HOME RULE HERO Awards for
advocacy, The Florida Legislature
· Good Morning Mayor, What’s Up? a beautiful book on local government,
government closest to the people. Published March 2019
Campaign Platform/Vision for the Future
· Upgrade city signage, technology
· Protect tax dollars; maintain current millage rate
· Continue budgeting in a fiscally conservative manner; maintain strong fiscal stability
· Help to oversee the safety and security of our neighborhoods;
Support Seminole Schools
· Military/Veterans Recognition display at Waterfront Park
· Maintain efficient and timely City Services, Public Works, Recreation, Library and Community Development
· Support our family friendly, caring and giving, quality of life in Seminole
· Help oversee plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city’s incorporation
· “You’re awesome. We’re lucky. Thanks for your amazing spirit and all you do.”
Financial Advisor, C.H.
· “You are a fireball.” Developer, B.W.S.
· “Thank you for standing strong and for the professional way you handled our presentation to Council.” Community Activist, B.B.
· “Your visibility in support of the local community and its businesses, civic associations, and their related functions sends an extremely positive message to those of us fortunate enough to live in this fine city.” Member of Seminole Historical Society, B.S.
· ”She is a dynamic personality who gives so much of herself helping others with so much energy, that I wish it could be bottled.” Resident, S.W.
· “You are always smiling and so pleasant whenever I see you. Thanks for all you do for our community.” Down the Street Neighbor, L.S.
· “Thank you for your contributions to our community.” Retired teacher, B.S.
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Front Line Strategies, Inc. – Political Consultant
“Thank you for Catching the Waters Wave for an even better Seminole.”
Political advertisement paid for and approved
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US Congressman Gus Bilirakis
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County
Senator Jeff Brandes
Senator Ed Hooper
Representative Nick DiCeglie
Representative Chris Latvala
Mayor Eric Seidel, City of Oldsmar
Mayor Arthur Penny, City of South Pasadena
Vice Mayor Trish Springer, City of Seminole
Councilor Chris Burke, past Vice Mayor, City of Seminole
Councilor Thom Barnhorn, former Vice Mayor, City of Seminole
Councilor Jim Quinn, former Vice Mayor, City of Seminole
BlakPac, Electing Conservative Leaders - "You have earned our endorsement for your re-election. Your knowledge, and experience as a Florida State Representative and Mayor, educator, are great assets to the City of Seminole. Through your life's work, you have demonstrated a passion to help people succeed, and that level of passion coupled by your visionary leadership is greatly needed to effectively serve all citizens in the City of Seminole, Pinellas County, and Florida."
NAACP, Maria Scruggs, President - "We need leaders in the 21st Century that are open to listening to and trying to understand people who are different than themselves. This Mayor and I differ politically but there are so many things we find common ground on."
Thank you. .
Waters Schedules Meet and Greets
Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters is running for reelection.
SEMINOLE – Leslie Waters, who is running for reelection as Seminole’s mayor, has scheduled to meet and greets.
The first is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 5) at the Dairy Queen, 10820 Park Blvd., in Seminole.
The second is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8 p.m Sept. 19 at the Chick fil-A, 10790 Park Blvd. in the Seminole City Plaza shopping center.
The events, which are open to the public, will give voters a chance to meet Waters, discuss her platform and other issues.
Waters has been Seminole’s mayor since 2012 when she was chosen as interim mayor. She has served on the Seminole council since March 2009. She served as vice mayor from 2010-2011 and was chosen interim mayor in November 2012 when then-Mayor Jimmy Johnson stepped down because of health issues. She was elected mayor in March 2013.
Before serving on the Seminole council, Waters served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998-2006. From 2006-2008, she served as speaker pro tem for the State House. She left the house because of term limits.
She is facing a challenge from political newcomer Darren Clark. (For related story, click here.)
Seminole has a seven-member council comprised of a mayor and six council members that serve for three-year terms. The mayor and council are elected at large in a nonpartisan election.
The council meets at least twice a month and is responsible for passing a budget, setting policy and hiring a city manager and city attorney. The city manager is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the city. The mayor is paid $11,000 annually. The Seminole budget is about $18.4 million a year.
Seminole’s election is Nov. 5. The last day to register to vote in the election is Oct. 7.
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