April 9, 2018
The Key West mayoral candidate pool is back up to 12 following announcements by two new contenders.
Both George Bellenger and Carie Noda have thrown their hats in the ring and it won’t be the first campaign for either, with both previously running for the mayor’s seat.
Bellenger, 56, ran in 2001 and said he will incorporate environmental and community values he has cultivated within his business as owner of Key West Eco Tours.
“I’ve always been involved with the community and realize elections are important,” Bellenger said. “This will give me an opportunity to continue some of the work that I’ve been able to accomplish and move (Key West) into the future.”
Belleger said he will use his track record of team building, project management and environmental stewardship to solve current issues and prepare the island for future problems.
The issues facing Key West are largely the same as the last time he ran, Bellenger said, with an emphasis on affordable housing, long-term security for families and climate and hurricane preparedness.
“I believe in science and things like sea water rise,” he said.
Currently Bellenger is conducting a “listening tour” around the community and his campaign will officially kick off with an event at Waterfront Market on April 21.
“I’m looking forward to presenting some fresh ideas,” he said.
Noda could not be reached for comment.
Bellenger and Noda join Sloan Bashinsky, Randy Becker, Rick Brown, Bill Foley, Bob Goodreau, Danny Hughes, Teri Johnston, Mitchell Jones, Margaret Romero and Darrin Smith in the running for the term-limited seat of current Mayor Craig Cates.
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