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Two vie for BB Ward 4 seat

By Lisa Neff, Islander Reporter

Two Bradenton Beach residents are courting voters as they campaign for the Ward 4 commission seat in the southernmost Island city.

The election will take place Nov. 2, with voters casting ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.

Results of the race, the only Bradenton Beach office to be decided in the midterm balloting, will likely be posted outside the library soon after the polling place closes on election day.

While both Michael Harrington and Janet Vosburgh are running their first campaigns for elected office, Vosburgh is the incumbent in the race. She was appointed to represent Ward 4 in June, when Bob Bartelt vacated the seat to serve as mayor following Michael Pierce’s resignation.

Vosburgh, who runs an accommodations business on the Island and formerly owned and operated a furniture business in Utah, said, “I feel so blessed to live in Bradenton Beach…. I feel it is my privilege and honor to serve this community.”

Harrington, who is retired from careers in law enforcement and facilities management, said he decided to run because “I feel my experience will be an asset to the city.”

He promised voters “to listen … and act accordingly. It is so important to listen to the people that have elected you. They have elected you as their representative. You should always keep that in mind.”

Harrington listed his top three priorities as maintaining a balanced budget, “keeping the ambiance as is” and dealing with the downtown parking problem.

Vosburgh’s priority list includes keeping expenses and taxes under control and protecting “property owner’s rights with as little intrusion from government as possible.”

Her promise, she said, is to “strive to maintain the charm and uniqueness of Bradenton Beach. Please, know I welcome your comments and concerns, and I will try my hardest to respond to your issues in a timely manner.”

The ballot in Bradenton Beach also includes a series of proposed changes to the city charter — most of the proposed amendments are intended to clarify existing language in the document.

Mayor Bob Bartelt will be elected to hold the office for two years with no opposition. Also, Ed Straight, with no opposition, will replace Bob Connors on the commission.

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