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    Today last day to qualify for Dunedin race

    The deadline is noon for those candidates seeking a seat on the city commission.

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published January 7, 2003


    DUNEDIN -- Candidates interested in campaigning for one of three open spots on the Dunedin City Commission have until noon today to qualify for the election Feb. 11.

    So far, Dunedin residents Mary Bonner, Dave Eggers, Manny Koutsourais, Mike Quill, Julie Scales and John Skolte have announced plans to run for the two open commission seats. The top two vote-getters will be elected.

    Vice Mayor John Doglione is the only candidate running for mayor -- who functions as a member of the commission -- and will automatically be elected if no challenger declares by today's deadline.

    Skolte, a real estate broker, is the latest addition to the commission race.

    "I want to bring (to the commission) better representation to all the people instead of some of the people," said Skolte, 67. "The ones that have been there in the past seemed to have a one-sided train of thought. . . . I'm a little more independent than that."

    Skolte, who has lived in Dunedin the past two years, ran as a write-in candidate against Susan Latvala for the District 4 seat in the November Pinellas County Commission election.

    In addition to hoping to making making Dunedin a "kinder, gentler government," Skolte said, he plans to work full time to focus his commission campaign on the rights of seniors and working families.

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