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North beaches election watch

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

BELLEAIR BEACH:

Seats up for election March 11: Mayor (incumbent: Mike Kelly); vice mayor (incumbent: Bob Park); four of the seven City Council seats (incumbents: Bert Cutler, Mary Jo Henderson, Chuck Pollick and Lynn Rives).

The candidates: Qualifying began Friday morning, and so far no candidates have officially qualified to run in the election. Six people, however, have picked up the necessary paperwork:

Bert Cutler, 75, 111 Aleta Drive, running for City Council.

Mary Jo Henderson, 45, 118 15th St., running for City Council.

Mike Kelly, 53, 709 Harbor Drive, running for mayor.

Bob Park, 63, 127 Aleta Drive, running for vice mayor.

Lynn Rives, 50, 122 Eighth St., running for City Council.

Stan Sofer, 60, 117 Fifth St., running for City Council.

Potential candidates have until noon Friday to qualify. Materials are available at City Hall, 444 Causeway Blvd.

The system: All officials are elected to two-year terms. The mayor and vice mayor run in tandem. Candidates for City Council run at-large, and the top four vote getters win the available seats.

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BELLEAIR SHORE:

Seats up for election March 11: Mayor (incumbent: John Robertson) and one of the four Town Commission seats (incumbent: John E. Hayes Jr.).

The candidates: So far, only Mayor John Robertson, 62, 620 Gulf Blvd., has qualified to run for re-election. Commissioner John E. Hayes Jr., 65, 200 Gulf Blvd., has picked up campaign materials but has not yet submitted them.

Potential candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 14 to qualify. Materials are available at the office of Town Attorney John Elias, 611 Druid St. E, Clearwater.

The system: All officials are elected townwide to two-year terms.

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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH:

Seats up for election March 11: Two City Commission seats (incumbents: James Palamara and Patricia Emser).

The candidates: Candidates may qualify between noon Monday and noon Friday. No candidates have officially filed yet. Candidate materials are available at City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.

The system: Commissioners are elected to two-year terms. They run at-large and do not represent individual districts. All commission candidates run against each other, and the top two vote-getters will win the two available seats.

Referendums: A group of residents is trying to place on the ballot a referendum to keep the city from relocating its solid waste facility outside city limits.

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INDIAN SHORES:

Seats up for election March 11: Mayor (incumbent: Don Taber).

The candidates: Qualifying began Friday and continues until noon next Friday. No candidates have qualified yet.

Candidate materials are available at Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd.

The system: The mayor serves a three-year term and is elected citywide.

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

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