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Former Bradenton Mayor Bill Evers to challenge Wayne Poston

Former Bradenton Mayor Bill Evers has officially entered the race for his old job.

He is the third candidate who has filed to challenge incumbent Mayor Wayne Poston. The others are former Bradenton police deputy chief Warren Merriman and community activist Eleuterio Salazar Jr.

Poston, running for a fifth term, said he’s not worried about Evers’ entry into the race.

“He’s run against me three times and he’s lost three times,” Poston said. “We welcome anyone in the race.”

Evers, 81, unseated by Poston in 1999 after 20 years in office, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Salazar, who said he supports term limits for mayor, said he thinks it’s time to stand up against establishment politicians.

“To re-elect someone who was in office years ago and to elect him again is beyond me,” Salazar said. “We are an ever-evolving country and we need to have people come in and change what we have going on.”

Evers has no monetary contributions listed on filings with the supervisor of elections office. Merriman has raised $4,265, Poston has raised $86,475 and Salazar has raised $1,075.

Merriman could not be reached for comment.

Hannah Morse: 941-745-7055, @mannahhorse

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