2 incumbents, newcomer elected to fire board

Incumbent West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commissioners Larry Tyler, Seat 3, and John Rigney, Seat 4, won their bids to keep their seats on the in the Nov. 2 election.

Tyler faced Michael Carleton and Rigney faced Mondher Kobrosly on the ballot.

Tyler won his seat 5,689 votes to 4,350 votes.

Rigney topped the WMFR voting with 7,213 over Kobrosly’s 3,024.

Scott Ricci who actively campaigned to bring “new blood” to the fire commission challenged for Seat 2, held by incumbent Mike Mulyck. Ricci won the vote 6,017 to 4,146 for a seat.

“Commissioner Mulyck has been wonderful,” said WMFR Chief Andy Price. “He has been a very dedicated and valuable member of the commission. While I’m sad to lose him, the election process is what it is.”
Price said he has already met with Ricci several times “to get him up to speed so that he can be an effective commissioner.”

Ricci was a volunteer firefighter for more than 10 years and previously served as fire commissioner where he lived in New Hampshire.

“I’m a fiscal conservative in my business and personal life and can work within a budget,” Ricci said in a Q&A with The Islander. “I’ll be a set of budget-minded fresh eyes on that board. I feel that I have a lot to offer.”

Tyler has served 13 years on the WMFR commission, having held the positions of chair and secretary-treasurer — adding to his fire experience with a city in Wisconsin comparable in size to Bradenton. Tyler believes experience matters and helped make him worthy of another term as a WMFR commissioner.

For Rigney this will be the fourth term of service on the WMFR commission. Rigney, a certified firefighter-emergency medical technician who was a Longboat Key firefighter for 24 years, says he is comfortable in knowing all aspects of fire service.

The WMFR commission is scheduled to hold its first post-election monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, at Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The newly elected officials will be sworn in at the start of the meeting.

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