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Neophytes make pitch for Town Council seat


© St. Petersburg Times, published June 11, 2000

KENNETH CITY -- A political newcomer wants to fill Chuck Webber's Town Council seat.

Ted Wiesner makes the sixth person to sign up for the race, joining two other political newcomers, Teresa Zemaitis and Christopher Taylor.

Wiesner, 35, is a native of Monroe, N.Y., who moved to Kenneth City about two years ago.

A regular attendee at council meetings, Wiesner said one of the things that needs to be changed is the discord on the council; the spats between members are a waste of time.

"The purpose of that council is to be responsive," he said. "I think I'd be good at that."

Zemaitis also is a regular at council meetings.

"The residents of Kenneth City should have a representative who's knowledgeable of the ongoings in the community," she said.

The town's most important issue, Zemaitis said, is annexation.

"Council needs to work together so that Kenneth City doesn't get left out in the cold," she said.

Zemaitis, 32, is a native of Queens, N.Y. She moved to Florida about four years ago. Since coming to Kenneth City, she covered town government for the Sentinel, a community newspaper that no longer publishes.

If you're interested

Applications for the open seat on the Town Council can be picked up at Kenneth City Town Hall, 6000 54th Ave. N, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications must be turned in by Friday. For information, call Town Clerk Nancy Beelman, 544-6655.

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