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South beaches election watch

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

MADEIRA BEACH

Seats up for election March 11: Mayor (incumbent: Tom DeCesare); two City Commission seats (District 3 incumbent: Roger Koske; District 4 incumbent: Charles Parker).

The candidates: Three candidates have qualified to run:

Tom DeCesare, 70, 15316 Gulf Blvd., No. 802, running for mayor.

Roger Koske, 62, 706 Sunset Cove, running for District 3 city commissioner.

Charles Parker, 80, 260-F Medallion Blvd., running for District 4 city commissioner.

Two more potential candidates have completed almost all requirements and are expected to qualify for the election next week:

Brian Bornemann, 42, 14201 N Bayshore Drive, potential candidate for District 3 city commissioner.

Cindy Saxon, 43, 14109 N Bayshore Drive, potential candidate for District 3 city commissioner.

Two other potential candidates have opened campaign accounts and picked up candidate paperwork:

Len Piotti, 63, 513 129th Ave. E, potential candidate for mayor.

Ken Schwartz, 42, 15394 Second St., potential candidate for District 4 city commissioner.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday to qualify to run. Materials are available at City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive.

The system: The mayor serves a three-year term. Commissioners serve two-year terms. Commissioners are elected to represent individual districts, but voters citywide select all commissioners.

Referendums: Voters will decide whether to switch to a system of voting in which each district commissioner is elected only by residents of the district he or she represents.

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NORTH REDINGTON BEACH

Seats up for election March 4: Mayor (incumbent: Harold Radcliffe); two Town Commission seats (seat 1 incumbent: Jeff Busch; seat 2 incumbent: Gary Curtis).

The candidates: Qualifying will begin Jan. 20 and end at noon Jan. 27, so no candidates have filed yet in North Redington Beach. Candidate materials are available at Town Hall, 190 173rd Ave.

The system: The mayor and commissioners serve two-year terms. Candidates run for specific seats and are elected by voters citywide. The town is not divided into districts.

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REDINGTON BEACH

Seats up for election March 11: Mayor (incumbent: Jerry Reitz); two town commissioners (incumbents: John Fish and Tim Gregson).

The candidates: Two people have qualified to run in the election:

Robert James Fountaine, 56, 16330 Redington Drive, running for mayor.

Charles L. Haggerty, 69, 16438 Redington Drive, running for mayor.

Two others have submitted some of the necessary paperwork:

Tim Gregson, 38, 16029 Redington Drive, potential candidate for town commissioner.

David B. Dubin, 56, 16216 First St. E, potential candidate for town commissioner.

Two other people picked up candidate packets but have not yet submitted any paperwork:

Ramona Updegraff, 73, 15520 Gulf Blvd., picked up materials to run for mayor.

Todd Smith, 34, 16307 Redington Drive, picked up materials to run for city commissioner.

Qualifying will continue through noon Friday. Materials are available at Town Hall, 105 164th Ave.

The system: The mayor and commissioners serve two-year terms.

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REDINGTON SHORES

Up for election March 11: Mayor (incumbent: J.J. Beyrouti); three Town Commission seats (District 2 incumbent: Deborah O'Connor; District 3 incumbent: Roy A. Scarpitta; District 4 incumbent: Larry Forrester).

The candidates: Qualifying will run from 9 a.m. Thursday through noon Jan. 24, so no candidates have filed yet.

The system: The mayor and commissioners for districts 2 and 4 will be elected to two-year terms, the traditional term of office in Redington Shores. The District 3 commissioner will be elected for one year to fill the unexpired term of Clell Miller, the former District 3 commissioner who died in November. Commissioners are elected to represent one of four districts, and only the voters in that district can vote for the district representative.

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ST. PETE BEACH

Seats up for election March 11: Two City Commission seats (District 2 incumbent: Kevan Finch; District 4 incumbent: Lolly Kreider).

The candidates: Qualifications begin at 9 a.m. Monday and end at noon Jan. 17, so no one has qualified to run yet in St. Pete Beach.

The system: Commissioners are elected to two-year terms to represent individual districts. Voters in each district elect their own commissioner. The only office elected citywide is the mayor, who is not up for election this year.

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TREASURE ISLAND

Seats up for election March 4: Mayor (incumbent: Leon Atkinson); two City Commission seats (District 1 incumbent: Stephanie Lavino; District 3 incumbent: Mary Maloof).

The candidates: Qualifying began Thursday and will continue through noon Jan. 16. So far, only George Makrauer, 58, 740 126th Ave., has qualified for the election. He is running for mayor.

Other potential candidates who have picked up the necessary paperwork are:

Scott Barone, 43, 710 Capri Blvd., potential candidate for District 1 city commissioner.

J.D. Hadsall, 51, 11455 First St. E. Hadsall remains undecided about whether he will run for commissioner or mayor.

Richard Krauss, 57, 740 126th Ave., potential candidate for District 3 city commissioner.

Stephanie Lavino, 49, 220 125th Ave., potential candidate for District 1 city commissioner.

Mary Maloof, 63, 10 Paradise Lane, potential candidate for mayor.

Rick Patterson, 12525 Fifth St. E, potential candidate for District 1 city commissioner.

The system: The mayor is elected citywide to a three-year term. Commissioners are elected for two years and are elected by voters in the individual districts they represent.

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

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