Bradenton Beach candidates win, running unopposed

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BRADENTON BEACH – Running unopposed, Mayor John Chappie, Commissioner Jake Spooner and former Commissioner Jan Vosburgh each claimed two-year commission terms in a city that had no city elections this year.

Chappie, Spooner and Vosburgh will be sworn in at Bradenton Beach City Hall on Monday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Bradenton Beach candidates win running unopposed
Jake Spooner will serve a third term as Bradenton Beach commissioner. – Joe Hendricks | Sun

Chappie, a former mayor and county commissioner, will be serving his second consecutive current term as mayor after defeating then-Mayor Bill Shearon in 2017.

Bradenton Beach candidates win running unopposed
Former commissioner Jan Vosburgh will return to the commission this month. – Joe Hendricks | Sun

Spooner, a local business owner, will be serving his third consecutive term as a commissioner. He has run unopposed in each of his three commission campaigns.

Vosburgh will return to the commission after term-limiting out of office three years ago.

As city commission members, Chappie, Spooner and Vosburgh will also serve on the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) that has several CRA-funded projects in the works and in the planning stages.

Bradenton Beach candidates win running unopposed
John Chappie will serve a second consecutive term as the mayor of Bradenton Beach. – Joe Hendricks | Sun

Vosburgh will take over the Ward 3 seat currently held by one-term Commissioner Randy White, who opted not to seek reelection. White works as a commercial airline pilot based out of New York and his wife is a Canadian citizen who lives in Toronto – a city he often spends time in while visiting her.

“I’m looking forward to serving the citizens of Bradenton Beach again, joining Mayor John Chappie and the other commissioners. I was a commissioner for six and a half years, so it shouldn’t take long to catch up,” Vosburgh said.