Since assuming office, Waters' conservative approach has paid dividends for the city of Seminole. With her leadership and support of Council, the city has undergone a renaissance, undertaking various construction plans that have provided public goods to the voters she served. Those projects include a city center, a new shopping and dining district, and $70,000 in grant funding for the development of a waterfront park and redevelopment of a neighborhood park.
On top of that, Waters was responsible for spearheading city-wide projects that have benefited the citizens of Seminole. She started various city-wide initiatives such as organizing canned food drives to benefit the homeless and low-income citizens, socks for the military and helping under-served families obtain important everyday supplies.
At her suggestion, and Council vote, the City five years ago began a red-white-blue initiative, that has resulted in flag banners being placed across town, Flag pins for employees, Seminole being designated as a Purple Heart City, and the Annual Field of Honor displayed in front of City Hall every November since 2015, consisting this year of 400 flags sponsored for a veteran.
Her biggest source of pride, however, is that during her 10 years on Seminole Council taxes have not been raised and that the city of Seminole becoming debt-free, with the final $1 million being paid off at the end of September.
“I do not know of another government entity that is debt-free, while still maintaining important infrastructure projects, robust programs at the Library and Recreation Center, and providing services of our professional fire-rescue crew," Water told The Florida Report.
Waters' commitment to improving the city she hopes to continue to serve is evident, and her policies have led to some of Florida's finest throwing their support behind the mayor. To date, State Sen. Jeff Brandes, Rep. Nick DiCeglie, and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri have endorsed Waters.
With the election to be decided soon, the voters of Seminole have an important choice to make when they head to the polls next week. That said, Waters believes her experience and accomplishments can get her over the finish line.
“My Re-election Campaign is about grassroots campaigning, and a history of positive leadership, where real results matter," she said.
Waters has been Seminole’s mayor since 2013 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.
Seminole’s election is Nov. 5. Waters is facing Darren Clark, a first-time candidate.