By EDIE GROSS
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 8, 2000
A former mayor, a two-time mayoral candidate and a former business professor are the newest faces competing for Pinellas County Commission seats.
Jerry Beverland, the former mayor of Oldsmar, has decided to run for the District 4 seat, which includes Oldsmar, East Lake, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Safety Harbor and a small area of Clearwater.
Beverland, 64, faces fellow Republican Susan Latvala, whose term on the Pinellas County School Board ends in November. Latvala has raised at least $43,000 since declaring her candidacy last summer.
Beverland has set up a Web site (http://www.votebeverlanddistrict4.com) and has said he plans to go door-to-door talking to residents in North Pinellas before the September primaries.
Redington Shores resident Tony Antonious has his eye on the District 6 seat, which includes Pinellas Park, Seminole, northern St. Petersburg and coastal communities from Redington Shores to St. Pete Beach.
Antonious, an accountant and tax consultant, has run unsuccessfully for mayor twice in Redington Shores. The Democrat and father of five said he wants government to be more responsive to the public.
"A lot of people have been ignored and have never been part of our system," said Antonious, 53, a 10-year Redington Shores resident. "I want to reach out to the little guys, the people who have no connection or communication with government. Those are the people who need government the most."
Antonious is running against state Rep. John Morroni, R-Clearwater, who must leave his House seat this year because of term limits. Morroni has said he will move from Clearwater into District 6 after the legislative session ends in May.
Seminole Mayor Dottie Reeder withdrew from the District 6 race last month after realizing how many unfinished city projects she wanted to be involved in.
David Nadel, a Gulfport resident, is the first person to declare his candidacy in District 7, which encompasses Kenneth City, South Pasadena, Gulfport and most of St. Petersburg.
Nadel, an independent candidate, said he served in World War II and the Korean War, taught business courses at Nova University and spent 25 years helping companies worldwide fix their financial woes.
"It's time to do something of significance for society," Nadel, 78, said of his decision to run. "It sounds idealistic, but I can bring a lot of expertise to the board."
County Commissioner Karen Seel remains unchallenged in her bid for the District 5 seat, as does County Commissioner Bob Stewart, who is running for the at-large District 3 spot.