BB qualifying takes place this week

Two people — Commissioner Gay Breuler and former Commissioner John Shaughnessy — are seeking to qualify this week as candidates in Bradenton Beach’s election Nov. 8.

Two other well-known officeholders — Mayor Bob Bartelt and Commissioner Janie Robertson — are not in the qualifying process.

Bartelt said last week that he will not seek re-election to a full two-year term as mayor.

Bartelt had been a commissioner from Ward 4 when he stepped into the mayor’s role in June 2010, when Michael Pierce resigned.

He was elected to the office last November.

He had been undecided until Aug. 25, when he told The Islander that he was looking forward to focusing on his personal life.

“The job is more time-consuming than I expected,” Bartelt said.

Bartelt, who married last fall, added, “I’ve enjoyed the tenure and so on. I just feel it is time to move on with the chapter in my life that I should be involved in — my marriage and our life together.”

Plus, Bartelt has a cottage on a lake in Wisconsin that he hasn’t visited for nearly two years. “I just haven’t had a chance,” he said, scanning his office for a photograph of the property.

Robertson, who has served six years on the commission representing Ward 3, cannot run again. Bradenton Beach’s charter limits officeholders to three consecutive terms.

The term-limit rule is the reason that Shaughnessy exited the political theater in 2009.

Earlier in August, he decided to run for mayor.

Breuler, meanwhile, is seeking a second two-year term as commissioner in Ward 1, which encompasses the northernmost part of the city.

The qualifying period closes at noon Sept. 2. Prospective candidates can pick up qualifying packets from city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., where they can collect signatures.

The qualifying process must be completed at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108, Bradenton.

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