2 candidates seek Anna Maria commission seat

Maria Planning and Zoning Board former chair Doug Copeland and current P&Z member Carol Carter have applied for the city commission vacancy left by the June 1 resignation of Commission Chair John Quam.

At the June 13 city meeting, the remaining four commissioners will select one applicant to fill the remainder of Quam’s term, which expires in November.

If no candidate receives a majority vote on the first ballot, discussion continues, according to the city charter, until one person receives a majority.

The charter makes no provision for what happens if the commission is deadlocked.

Following election of a commissioner, the commission must elect a new chair. Vice Chair Chuck Webb has said he is too busy with his legal practice to be chair, although he has previously served in that capacity.

The charter makes no provision for the mayor to serve as interim commission chair except at the organizational meeting following the November election of new commissioners.

Copeland served on the P&Z board 1990-2004, including several years as board chair. He resigned in 2004 to become a member of the city’s ad hoc charter review committee.

Carter has spent a number of years in leadership positions in education and for nonprofit organizations. She became a P&Z member in early 2013.

Environmental education and enhancement committee chair Bill Malfese, who is employed by the city in the public works department, said he would seek the vacancy, but had yet to file with the city clerk as of press deadline. He said last week he is still considering his decision.

The deadline for candidates to file a short biography accompanied by his or her reasons for seeking the post and 10 voter signatures was June 10.

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