Doreen Hock-DiPolito Receives Support From City and State Elected Officials, as Second-Term Run for Clearwater City Council Begins

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At a recent dinner, elected officials came out to support Clearwater City Councilwoman Doreen Hock-DiPolito in her reelection efforts, indicating her work in the past four years has made a strong impact on the community.

Doreen Hock-DiPolito announces run for second-term Clearwater City Council seat.

The highest honor of my professional life is to serve as your Clearwater City Councilmember.

During a campaign dinner on October 13, 2015, Clearwater City Councilwoman Doreen Hock-DiPolito received the support of Clearwater and Pinellas County elected officials. Hock-DiPolito will run for Clearwater City Council Seat 2, the seat she currently holds. The dinner was held at Island Way Grill with the help and endorsement of Bay Star Restaurant Group owner Frank Chivas and his staff. Hock-DiPolito has held Clearwater City Council Seat 2 for the past four years, and is currently the only woman sitting on the Clearwater City Council. She has received tremendous support from Washington, D.C., Tallahassee, Clearwater, Belleair, Dunedin, Largo and Pinellas officials.

Many elected officials have already expressed their support for Hock-DiPolito’s city council run, including Congressman David Jolly. Others who attended the dinner to show their support were Senator Jack Latvala, Representative Kathleen Peters, Representative Ed Hooper, Representative Chris Latvala, Belleair Bluffs Commissioner Suzy Sofer, Dunedin Vice Mayor Heather Gracey, former Councilman Paul Gibson, current Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, and former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard.

“Together, we have accomplished our goal of enhancing the quality of life for our citizens and energizing the character of our community. But there is still so much ahead of us to achieve for our community,” said Hock-DiPolito during her speech. “I am proud to say that I am ready, willing, and able to continue to provide the vision and the leadership on our City Council that we need in order to achieve our goals of economic development, common sense transportation solutions, and improved infrastructure for the citizens of Clearwater.”

During the past four years as a Clearwater City Councilwoman, Hock-DiPolito was responsible for the following achievements:

●    The continued upkeep and improvement of Clearwater beaches in order to maintain their elite status;

●    The investment of time and effort into the libraries, parks and recreation centers to continue to enhance the quality of life in Clearwater;

●    Working with the Urban Land Institute to update Downtown Clearwater and redevelop the Capitol Theatre;

●    Improvement of parking and transportation around the beaches. This included the expanded use of water taxis, ferries, the Jolly Trolley and new parking garages; and

●    Invested in and supported first responders, law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs in order to make sure they are fully equipped and prepared to serve the community.

In the past four years, Clearwater tourism has set records, with more than one million people visiting Clearwater each year. Additionally, Clearwater was named Best Beach Town by USA today, and is consistently ranked as one of the top beaches in the United States annually.

Hock-DiPolito currently serves as chair on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Chair Coordinating Council for Pinellas County, and she has also served on the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area, as well as the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority.

“I am proud to bring my knowledge and experience to these important regional boards, and to represent the voice of the citizens of Clearwater on the vital regional issues facing Pinellas County and Tampa Bay, such as sensible and sustainable economic development and common-sense transportation solutions,” said Hock-DiPolito during the event.

Hock-DiPolito has been the president and owner of D-Mar General Contracting and Development since 2001. Under her guidance, the company has expanded to include commercial development, construction management, large-scale interior build-outs, and site development. As a certified woman/minority general contractor and business owner, Hock-DiPolito is a big supporter of women in the construction industry. Because of her experience running D-Mar General Contracting and Development, Hock-DiPolito says she provides the Clearwater City Council with the perspective of a small business owner and general contractor.

Hock-DiPolito served on Clearwater’s Community Development Board (CDB) for six years. During that time, she helped provide the vision to lead Clearwater out of the great recession. “The numerous cranes and new world-class development emerging on Clearwater Beach is a direct result of our hard work and vision,” says Hock-DiPolito. She also sat on the board for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday/Ruth Eckerd Hall Education Foundation, and the Clearwater Arts Alliance.

Hock-DiPolito is one of the founding members of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce AchieveHERS group, which provides advice, support, networking opportunities, and insights to women in business. Hock-DiPolito is active in the Women on the Way Program and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and is a member of the National Association of Professional & Executive Women.

“The highest honor of my professional life is to serve as your Clearwater City Councilmember,” said Hock-DiPolito. “During this centennial anniversary of our city, I look forward to finishing the important work we started together four years ago and leading Clearwater into its next century as a world-class city.”

Hock-DiPolito is running for Clearwater City Council Seat 2. The election for Clearwater City Council Seats 1, 2 and 3 will take place on March 15, 2016.

About D-Mar General Contracting and Development

Founded in 1972 in Clearwater, Florida, D-Mar has evolved from a family-run general contracting business into a full-service construction and remodeling firm renowned for its efficient and cost-effective services. Under the leadership of owner and president Doreen Hock-DiPolito, the company has expanded its offerings to include commercial development, construction management, large-scale interior build-outs, and site development. D-Mar has completed successful projects for such well-known franchise brands as Hess, Dunkin’ Donuts and Circle K, and has attained certification as a Minority Business Enterprise and Women’s Business Enterprise. In addition to her professional achievements as a Certified General Contractor and business owner, DiPolito gives back to the community by serving on the Clearwater City Council and on the boards of local cultural, civic and charitable organizations. For more information, visit http://www.d-mar.com.

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