Anna Maria municipal election candidates

Anna Maria has four candidates seeking one of the three seats on the commission in the Nov. 5 municipal election.

Carol Carter was born in Pennsylvania and raised on a dairy farm in Maryland. She has a pre-med degree from McDaniel College and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

After marrying her husband Bob in 1983, she worked for various non-profit organizations such as The Pittsburgh Foundation, the national Feeding America organization, the Alzheimers Association and was chief fund-raiser for Carnegie Mellon University. She was a vice-chancellor at the University of Pittsburgh. Carter currently works for Bob Carter Companies Inc., a company her husband owns that advises non-profit organizations.

She and her husband bought a home on Willow Avenue in 2001. Carter has not previously sought public office. She is a member of the city’s planning and zoning board.

The Carters have two sons who both live in Naples, and two grandchildren.

Doug Copeland first came to Anna Maria on a vacation trip in 1961.

He is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from DePauw University.

He was married in 1972 at his parents’ home on North Shore Drive. He and wife Pat moved to Anna Maria in 1974. He is currently an independent woodworker and has been a part-time job tending bar.

Copeland is a former chair of the planning and zoning board.

He was appointed to the commission in June following the resignation of Commissioner John


Copeland has two grown children and one grandchild.


Michael Jaworski

Jaworski was born in Michigan and received a degree in math from Olivet College.

He first came to Anna Maria on his honeymoon in 1971.

Jaworski worked for Ford Motor Company for 20 years as an electrician before returning to college and earning his degree.

On graduating, he returned to Ford and worked another 20 years as an engineer.

He and wife Frieda were married in 1971 and moved to Anna Maria in 2007. They have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Jaworski works part-time for both Island Real Estate in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria’s public works department.

He has not previously sought public office.


Dale Woodland

Woodland moved with is family to Anna Maria Island in 1953 when he was 5 years old. He attended Anna Maria Elementary School and Manatee High School.

He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in mathematics and was a computer systems developer in Sarasota and Manatee counties until retiring in 1996.

Woodland now owns a pool cleaning and supply business.

He is a former member of the planning and zoning board and is seeking his sixth term as a commissioner.

He has two children and five grandchildren.

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