The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 11 No. 5 - November 3, 2010

Election Results

Incumbents victorious in county and Holmes Beach

Jim Haas, Sandy Haas-Martens, Holmes Beach Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger and Rose Quinn Bare celebrate
Haas-Martens’ victory at her house following the election.

At large Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore received more than twice the votes as her opponent Sundae Knight in Tuesday’s election.

“I’m shocked at the results, but thank goodness it’s over,” Whitmore said. “I ran a clean campaign, and I’m happy. I’ll keep up the hard work.”

Whitmore’s tally was 70,025 to Knight’s 31,656. She will be serving her second four-year term.

In Holmes Beach, where Whitmore was both mayor and commissioner before being elected to the county commission, incumbents Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti were the high vote getters.

“I thank everyone for supporting me, and I’ll continue to work hard for the citizens and the city,” Haas-Martens said.

Monetti was out of the country on business and unable to comment. Haas received 1,200 votes, Monetti received 1,123 votes and challenger Jean Peelan received 626 votes.

Haas-Martens has been a city commissioner since 1998, and Monetti was elected to the commission in 2006. They will be sworn in at 8 a.m. on Nov. 15.

Selby wins Anna Maria mayors race

Mike and Mary Selby celebrating victory
at home with a friends and supporters.

Political newcomer Mike Selby is now the mayor of Anna Maria.

“I’m humbled that people trust me enough and have faith in me enough to vote for me,” Selby said Tuesday night, in the middle of  celebrating his victory with friends and supporters. “I’ll work hard to try to bring the city back together.”

Selby took 54.43 percent of the vote with a total of 509 to his opponent Sandy Mattick’s 45.56 or 426 votes.

Both Mattick and Selby worked hard to run clean, positive races and both reined in some of their more ardent supporters who might have crossed a line or two.

Mattick said she would work with Selby in any way he asked. She plans to continue to serve on the city’s planning and zoning board.

“I hope we can heal in this community now,” Mattick said. “And if Mike does what he said he’d do, we’ll be fine.”

As for Selby, he said he knows he’s got some big shoes to fill as he steps into outgoing Mayor Fran Barford’s place.

“But with the staff here, I feel I can make a difference. Now the hard work begins.”

Vosburgh wins in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt and Jan Vosburgh
read the totals posted on the front door of Tingley Library,
which served as the polling place. Vosburgh defeated
Michael Harrington 70 to 30 percent.

BRADENTON BEACH – Jan Vosburgh scored a convincing win in her first election after serving several months as a city commissioner replacing Bob Bartelt on the commission when Bartelt took over as mayor earlier this year.

Vosburgh had 60 percent of the tally with 273 votes to Michael Harrington’s 182, or 40 percent of the vote. Harrington, who served on the city’s mooring field committee, was Vosburgh’s lone challenger for the Ward 4 seat.

“It’s wonderful,” Vosburgh said at Tingley Library after seeing the results of the election. “I want to thank everyone who helped and supported me through this.”

Meanwhile, voters in that city also passed eight amendments to the city charter. The amendments, and the vote totals were:

1. Requiring the mayor to make an annual state of the city report, 396-73;

2. Requiring an elected official to forfeit office before a legal proceeding against him or her is completed, 281-161;

3. Requiring candidates for a vacant office to live in the ward in which the vacancy occurred, 370-101;

4 Allowing elected officials to serve up to three full terms in addition to a partial one if the official is appointed to fill a vacancy, 361-117;

5 Requiring the city to adopt an ordinance to lease, acquire, dispose of or change the use of any city property, 341-115;

6 Eliminating the requirement that the city hold a special election within 120 days to consider an elector initiative or referendum and allow it to be placed on the next general or special election ballot, 271-170;

7. Establishing the maximum building height of 29 feet above the surface of the first habitable floor for commercial as well as residential structures, 314-147;

8. Making changes in spelling, capitalization and grammar in the charter as long as it does not effect the substantial content of the charter, 363-92.

Vosburgh and Ed Straight, who was the lone candidate for the Ward 2 seat held by Bob Connors, who decided not to run for another term, will be sworn in on Monday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m.

Two incumbents, one newcomer win fire commission seats

The West Manatee Fire Commission will have one new face on the dais at its next meeting.

Challenger Scott Ricci, of Holmes Beach, won with 6,017 votes to incumbent Mike Mulyck’s 4,146 votes.

“I’m quite surprised,” Ricci said after the results were posted. “I thought I might have a chance but nothing like this. I would like to thank all the folks who voted for me and I’ll serve the position well.”

Ricci served as a volunteer firefighter for 10 years and as chairman of the fire commission in New Hampshire before he and his wife, Anne, moved to Holmes Beach in 1994.

Incumbents John Rigney and Larry Tyler both retained their seats. Rigney was the highest vote getter with 7,213 over Michael Carleton, and Tyler received 5,689 votes over Mondher Kobrosly’s 4,350.

“I’m happy that we ran a clean campaign and didn’t bash anyone who ran against us,” Rigney said. “I’m glad I can serve the firefighters and support them.”

“I hope we can get ourselves back to a normal course of business,” Tyler added. “And I would hope that the mud slinging by a certain individual and the rhetoric of false complaints and misinformation will cease and that integrity will continue to serve as one of the guiding principals of the district.”

Tyler has been on the board since 1988 and Rigney has been on the board since 2002.

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