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Two ready for special election

An ex-commissioner and a political newcomer want to fill a South Pasadena seat.

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 26, 2000


SOUTH PASADENA -- Two candidates will compete in the May 9 special election to fill the commission seat vacated by the death of Al Edmiston.

Former Commissioner Lou Ippolito, who said he wouldn't run again after finishing third in the regular commission election March 7, will face Wayne C. Barr, a newcomer to city politics, for the remaining 22 months of Edmiston's term.

Ippolito, 62, was first elected a commissioner in 1993 and served two terms, at various times overseeing public safety, finance and community improvement departments. Ippolito has lived in South Pasadena for 10 years, moving here from Long Island, N.Y., where he worked 22 years with the Suffolk County Police Department. He lists Social Security, retirement pensions and investments as income. He is married and has six children. He and his wife own a condominium at 7400 Sun Island Drive.

Barr, 63, has lived in South Pasadena for more than 10 years, permanently for the past several years. Barr has never run for office in South Pasadena nor has he served on any city boards. He is treasurer and a board member of the Harbourside Condominium Association. Barr lists Social Security, a Trans World Airlines pension and investments as income.

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