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Monday, March 17, 2014
Bashinsky files for mayoral race

A former lawyer who calls himself a "citizen watchdog," an artist and a mystic is making his fourth run for Key West mayor.

Sloan Bashinsky, 71, who lives in Old Town, filed paperwork Feb. 25 to become the second candidate in the race.

Mayor Craig Cates, elected last fall for a one-year term, has already filed for the Nov. 4 election.

The nonpartisan race is for a two-year term. Last year's election was for half a term so that the city can sync its elections with statewide contests.

Bashinsky, a constant critic at City Commission and School Board meetings, spoke at Wednesday's homeless summit at the Harvey Government Center, demanding five minutes instead of the allotted three.

"I am here to speak on behalf of all homeless people," Bashinsky told the county and city commissioners, who allowed him the extra time.

Bashinsky was homeless for a time in the Florida Keys and in the past has publicly said that angels have told him to run for office.

"If you want a different approach, full transparency, a mayor who owes no favors and is impervious to outside pressure, a mayor who has been active in Key West issues for quite a while, I'm your man," Bashinsky wrote in his candidate's statement posted on the county supervisor of elections website.

Bashinsky, who is originally from Alabama, writes a daily blog about Florida Keys politics and social issues, www.goodmorningkeywest.com

He has never held office but has run several times. In addition to three bids for mayor, he has run unsuccessfully for the School Board and County Commission.

gfilosa@keysnews.com

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