Eric and his wife Pat are familiar faces in Largo and have been serving our city for years. In addition to volunteering on the Greater Largo Library Foundation Board (two years as its president) and the Largo Planning Board, Eric is a graduate of the Largo Citizens Academy, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy, and is a recipient of the Partners In Progress for the Arts President’s Award.
Eric draws on his experience as a journalist, a small business owner, and a community leader with a track record of success for our city. He started working at 13 in his family’s business – reconditioning industrial products in Cleveland, Ohio. Eric came to Tampa Bay in 1976 to join the Tampa Tribune covering municipal government. He went on to cover local government and public safety for the St. Petersburg Evening Independent. He founded his own marketing agency in 1989 where he worked with independently-owned companies around Tampa Bay.
Eric launched his campaign for the Largo City Commission in February 2020, running on a platform to bring Largo solutions to issues like affordable housing, protecting our environment, and creating safer neighborhoods. He was elected on November 3 and was sworn in on November 17.