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Selby will take over in Anna Maria mayor’s office

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Sandy Mattick reaches out to voters on the last day of her campaign to be Anna Maria mayor with the assistance of two teens getting an education in electoral politics — Michelle Mattick, 15, and Carolyn Cullinan, 14.

Anna Maria mayor-elect Mike Selby, in green, waves to motorists on Pine Avenue on election day, Nov. 2. Selby won the mayor’s seat by 83 votes over Sandy Mattick. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Mike Selby scored a 509-426 unofficial victory for mayor of Anna Maria over challenger Sandy Mattick in the Nov. 2 general election, with a reported record 77.9 percent of the city’s 1.329 registered voters casting a ballot.

A total of 363 absentee ballots, along with 30 early votes, were included in the unofficial tally.

The vote must still be certified by the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office, a process that won’t be completed until Nov. 5, a SOE official said.

Deputy city clerk Diane Percycoe said the 77.9 percent voter turnout was the most for any election in the 10 years she’s worked for the city, and the most she’d ever heard about in the city.

Selby said he was pleased with the voting and the confidence of the voters. He took time to congratulate his campaign staff for their hard work, and thanked Mattick for a clean campaign.

Mattick offered her congratulations to her campaign workers and Selby.

“I want to thank everyone who helped in my campaign,” she said.

“I shook hands with Mike before the results and we congratulated each other on running a good, clean campaign.” she said.

Mattick will still be on the city’s planning and zoning board.

It was the first time either had sought political office. Mayor Fran Barford decided several months ago not to seek re-election after two terms in office.

There was no election for the two vacancies on the commission. Lacking opposition, both incumbents Chuck Webb and Jo Ann Mattick are automatically returned to office.

A swearing-in ceremony for the new mayor and the two incumbent commissioners is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, followed by the commission’s organizational meeting, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.

Anna Maria’s mayor draws an annual salary of $9,600, while a commissioner earns $4,800 yearly.

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