Hi, I'm Kathleen

I am first and foremost a mom.  And while my three children are grown and making their way in three different states, in looking back at my life, I am most proud of my parenting and my children.  I love being a mom - I love teaching and nurturing and guiding and empowering people (both big and small).  Watching my children grow and learn and develop their own passions and interests and plans is such a joy.  I’m proud that they exemplify the values and principles of generosity and compassion and empathy and hard work that my husband and I raised them with. 


I am a former public high school English teacher.  I believe in the power of an educated community.  I believe in the power of knowledge and critical thinking and action.  I am a worker;  I am involved in a number of volunteer activities here in the Clearwater community that focus on empowering others.  I am a Guardian ad Litem with the Pinellas County Courts; I am the voice/advocate for a child who has been removed from the home due to abuse or neglect.  I volunteer weekly at Ridgecrest Elementary working one-on-one with K-2nd graders who are struggling readers.  I helped to start and coach a summer swim team at the Ridgecrest YMCA.  I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity by working on home builds and donating my hours to future home owners - I thoroughly enjoy making a personal connection and developing relationships as people work towards their goal of homeownership.  With the Sierra Club I work to raise awareness about sustainability and energy efficiencies.  In 2019 my husband and I focused on reaching out to non-profits (Churches, Habitat Re-Store and the YMCA) and with education and initial donations of LED lighting and labor, we have helped them to lower their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint.  I hope/believe that our efforts have a ripple effect.  That is the power of education and action.  I am also active in both voter registration and engagement throughout our community.  I love working with residents and families one-on-one, but the arc of my public service has pulled me towards working at a system or policy level. 


As your council member, I am committed to speaking and advocating for the diverse members of our community. During my first ever campaign, I knocked on thousands of doors, logging hundreds of miles on my shoes!  I simply introduced myself and asked the person at the door, “What is important to you?  What do you care about?”  And I listened.  But listening is merely the first step.  I am a woman of action.  I am a doer.  I am ready to  lead initiatives and report back to residents.  I will research and ask questions.  I will work for you.  


I’m ready to devote all of my time and energy to serving the residents of Clearwater.  It is my full-time job.  I am not one to simply attend a meeting and cast a vote or show up for a ribbon cutting.  I join community groups and sign up for committees and do the work.  I get my hands dirty and I will continue that “hands on” work.  As your council member I am working to find ways to increase our workforce housing; I will push to have Clearwater do more to protect the environment that is so critical to our health and our economy; I will work to help attract more businesses to our community and to support those that already call Clearwater home.  Families in Clearwater will have an advocate in me as I believe we can offer more for children and families.  As a teacher, you first listen to your student - assess their needs and then formulate a plan.  That’s what I will do as I listen to residents and advocate for what is important to them.  


I am a strong, hard working, determined, honest and transparent woman.  I am excited to bring new energy and ideas and accountability to our council.  I am ready to collaborate with others on our council and in our city government to help shape policy and guide Clearwater as we enter the next decade.  I’m so excited to have the opportunity to serve on our Clearwater City Council - I hope you’ll reach out to me to share your ideas and concerns.  I believe you should be the change you want to see in the world.  Please join me and help to bring positive change to Clearwater.  


Raising the Bar

on what it means

to be YOUR Councilmember

I want to raise the bar on what is expected for your Councilmember.  Continuously getting out into neighborhoods, talking to residents, talking to business owners and workers is extremely important to me.  It helps ensure I understand how the city is impacting people's lives and how we can look to continuously improve.  I want to set that type of expectation for myself and the council as a whole - that I am an active and engaged servant to the diverse residents of Clearwater, to our diverse businesses and to the unique neighborhoods that make our city so special. 

Raising the bar can mean many things - I think it means, for example, that I continue my active engagement with a number of non-profits I volunteer with.  It means researching and learning about how other municipalities deal with similar challenges we face.  It means speaking with experts.  Happily, often there are experts right here in Clearwater- professionals, retired professionals and residents who have great ideas and unique perspectives.  It most certainly means sitting down and having one-on-one conversations with people who care about Clearwater.  I'm retired, so my schedule is fairly flexible.  If you want to meet or have a conversation - I'll work with you to make it happen.   We're in this together.  And if you want change to happen, you've got to work with me and others to make it happen. 

Politics and civic engagement is never a one woman show!   

Kathleen Beckman