Vol 7 No. 7 - November 8, 2006
It's Mattick, Miller in Anna Maria
SUN PHOTO/LAUIRIE KROSNEY
Anna Maria Mayor-elect Fran Barford celebrates
her victory with her husband, George, after learning
that she had defeated Tom Turner with 73 percent
of the vote. Barford is a former commissioner
and mayor of Temple Terrace, where she lived before
moving to Anna Maria.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
Duke Miller won re-election for the
Anna Maria City Commission last night in a tight race
with fellow incumbent Linda Cramer that changed leads
more than once.
With 100 percent of the votes in, newcomer Jo Ann Mattick
was the top vote getter with 604 followed by Miller's
509 and Cramer's 487.
"I worked very hard for this," Mattick said tearfully.
"To be the top vote getter this year is great. People
will have to listen to my ideas now."
It appeared Cramer might be the winner earlier, when 95-percent
of the vote showed her leading Miller by three votes.
Fran Barford, former commissioner and mayor of Temple
Terrace before moving to the Island, is the next mayor
of Anna Maria. She beat long-time resident Tom Turner
698 votes to 261.
"Im so pleased," Barford said. "I
really hoped for this. I wanted to win by a large margin
so Id have a mandate going into office."
In the five-way race for two city commission seats in
Holmes Beach, Sandy Haas-Martens retained her seat with
1,123 votes. John Monetti was second vote-getter with
917 and will fill the other seat.
Former mayor and commissioner Pat Geyer came in third
with 720 votes and former commissioner Don Maloney had
540 votes. Sheila Hurst came in last with 274 votes.
I'm glad it's over and I'm glad we didnt run
a negative campaign, said Haas-Martens. I
thank everyone for voting and I thank The Sun for its
endorsement. I hope to continue the work I've done for
the past eight years.
Monetti also expressed gratitude.
I'd like to thank all the people who supported me
during this campaign and those that voted for me today,
he said. I thank The Sun for its endorsement and
my wife for her support. I thank my fellow candidates
whose perspective on various issues provided me with invaluable
insight. I hope I can continue to provide for the community.
Meanwhile, outgoing Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore
easily won her race for the Manatee County Commission
District Six seat vacated by Pat Glass.
Whitmore had 57,032 votes to Sarah Meakers 39,559.
At her celebration party at the Twin Dolphin Tuesday night,
Whitmore said she was excited.
Im ready to move on, to learn something new,
she said. I want to take what Ive learned
on the Island and apply it on the mainland.
The race was a clean one, with no mud-slinging, and Whitmore
credited her opponent for cooperating.
We talked about it before the race and agreed to
keep the campaigning positive, she said. I
called her today to wish her good luck and she called
me tonight to congratulate me.
Rich Bohnenberger, a city commissioner and former mayor,
is again the mayor of Holmes Beach. Bohnenberger announced
he was running for the mayors seat and was unopposed.
West Manatee Fire Rescue won its battle to increase its
revenue as voters approved 68 percent to 32 percent an
increase in impact fees for new construction. With 95
percent of the vote in, the totals were 8,620 for vs.
There was no local race in Bradenton Beach. Michael Pierce
was the only candidate to run for the Ward 2 seat held
by Lisa Marie Phillips and Bill Shearon was unopposed
for a second term in Ward 4.
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