Oldsmar Vice-Mayor Eric Seidel

Oldsmar Vice-Mayor Eric Seidel recently announced his intention to run for mayor in the 2019 municipal election, scheduled for Tuesday, March 12.

OLDSMAR – Oldsmar Vice-Mayor Eric Seidel recently announced his intention to run for mayor in the 2019 municipal election.

Seidel previously served on the council from 2007-2009 before being elected to Seat 1 in 2015, where he was automatically reappointed in March.

In a Facebook post on Aug. 7, Seidel said he officially filed my paperwork to run for mayor.

With Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis in his last year of eligibility, “I intend to stay diligent the remainder of my term as vice mayor and be part of a strong finish for the Mayor and the City. I want to thank all those citizens and past leaders who have encouraged me to take this step. As the days ahead unfold I will post more about the campaign and the future vision of building on our City’s success,” he wrote.

When reached for comment about the decision, Seidel said he is excited about the opportunity to run the city he has called home for the last 15 years.

“I had the privilege of serving on the Oldsmar City Council for the first time back in 2007,” Seidel said via email. “I’ve served under three different mayors over the years and have served three times as Vice Mayor. I believe the experiences have helped to prepare me to be our next Mayor.”

Seidel, who serves as president and CEO of Web-Est, an international auto collision estimating website he co-founded a decade ago, believes his extensive business experience will be an asset if he’s elected.

“My past business experience is that of a CEO of a public company for a decade, and I intend to use those skills to continue building our city,” he wrote.

He added that one of his main goals is to get the city’s downtown redevelopment project off the ground.

“I want to build on our city’s successes and continue with the priorities our council has been pursuing for the last few years,” Seidel said. “However, my primary goal is for our city to once and for-all start building a downtown. We have so many amenities for our citizens, but we still have no central place developed that our community can call ‘their’ downtown. It’s been talked about too long now. It’s time to make it happen.”

In addition to mayor, three Oldsmar City Council seats are up for grabs: Seat 1, which Seidel must vacate after the election; Seat 2, with incumbent Dan Saracki already announcing his intention to run again; and Seat 4, currently held by Jerry Beverland, who also declared his intention to run for what could be his final term after serving on the City Council on and off for more than 40 years.

According to the City Clerk’s office, the qualifying period for the election begins Tuesday, Oct. 16, and runs through Friday, Nov. 16.

The 2019 Oldsmar municipal election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12.