While there may be contested elections elsewhere in November, it appears to be all quiet on the Bradenton Beach front with two uncontested races for seats on the city commission.
At the end of May, only Ward 4 Commissioner Jan Vosburgh had filed for re-election with Ward 2 Commissioner/Vice Mayor Ed Straight still undecided. However, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website, Straight’s “likely” run became reality last week.
According to Bradenton Beach city clerk Nora Idso, as of June 7, no one opposing the incumbents had claimed an election packet for the seats held by Vosburgh and Straight.
Straight won the his seat in 2010 after three decades in public service as Manatee County EMT chief, 911 emergency response center chief and as a reserve deputy sheriff.
Straight said in May that his run was likely, but that he would discuss his political future with his family before making his decision.
Vosburgh was appointed to the commission in 2010 to fill the term of then Ward 4 Commissioner Bob Bartelt, who vacated his seat to assume the mayoral role following the resignation of former Mayor Michael Pierce. Vosburgh went on to defeat mooring committee member Michael Harrington later that year to claim her spot on the dais for a full term.
Both Straight and Vosburgh expressed a love for the Bradenton Beach community in their desire to be re-elected.
According to financial reports, neither incumbent had yet raised or spent any funds toward their re-election.