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Date of Issue: October 25, 2007

Elect Michael Pierce

Longtime Bradenton Beach resident and City Commissioner Michael Pierce of Ward 2 is seeking the mayoral position.

Pierce moved to the city 20 years ago from Lansing, Mich. He is a retired performance supervisor with General Motors, where he worked for 36 years.

He serves, or served, on a host of committees and boards: The Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity, the city’s planning and zoning board, the code enforcement board, the Manatee County Schools  ED/Vantage Program (Core/Group), Bradenton Beauty and Barber Academy Board, and as past-president of the Anna Maria Island Elementary School Advisory Council.

He has been married for 44 years and has two sons and one granddaughter.

His goals for the next two years include “working toward a comprehensive plan that is good for our city, preserving the community redevelopment district and the character of the entire city.”

Pierce said his priorities are to “promote fiscal responsibility and continue efforts to get grants so that capital improvement projects will require less of your tax dollars and to push ahead with making our city a walkable and green community that is safe for residents and visitors.”

He added that “I want Bradenton Beach to continue to be a destination for tourists, as well as a great place to live, and I want to continue the push for redevelopment over new development. We need to preserve that old Florida feel that attracted us here in the first place.”