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Gulfport/South Pasadena election watch

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 5, 2003

GULFPORT

Seats up for election March 4: City Council seats for Ward 2 (incumbent: Dawn Fisher) and Ward 4 (incumbent: Larry Cooper).

The candidates: Gulfport's qualifying period will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and continue until noon Jan. 17, so no candidates have filed yet. Candidate materials are available at City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S.

The system: City Council members serve two-year terms. Candidates for City Council run for seats representing individual districts, or wards, in Gulfport, but voters citywide vote for each council seat.

Referendums: Residents who live west of Gulfport's city limits will vote on whether to annex into the city.

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SOUTH PASADENA

Seats up for election March 4: Two City Commission seats (incumbents: Joan Runyon and Carol Clark).

The candidates: Qualifying opened Friday in South Pasadena, so none of the potential candidates have turned in the paperwork necessary to officially qualify for election.

Four people, however, have picked up candidate packets and could qualify in the next two weeks:

Carol Clark, 63, 1898 Shore Drive, No. 104.

Robert Daugherty, 66, 7300 Sun Island Drive, No. 1804.

Alex Haak, 70, 1375 Pasadena Ave, No. 617.

Joan Runyon, 65, 7979 Sailboat Key Blvd., No. 408.

Qualifying continues through noon Jan. 17. Campaign materials are available at City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S.

The system: Candidates are elected citywide. All commission candidates run against each other, and the top two vote-getters win the seats.

-- Compiled by Times staff writer Amy Wimmer. Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report.

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