How Scientology is playing in a critical Clearwater election - 2019-12-23
As City Council candidates knock on doors and shake hands at events ahead of the March 17 election, voters are pushing them to confront an issue rarely discussed in public.
"Eight out of 10 times the word Scientology comes up and is frequently the first question asked," said Seat 2 candidate Michael Mannino. "What are you going to do about Scientology?"
Forty-four years after the Church of Scientology established its international spiritual headquarters downtown, its profile is more prominent in this election than any other in recent years.