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Bradenton Beach officials tentative

By Merab-Michal Favorite, Islander Reporter

Two Bradenton Beach commission seats are up for election Nov. 4.

Will there be a challenger for the seats currently held by Ed Straight in Ward 2 and Jan Vosburgh in Ward 4, and will they run again?

Vosburgh said she has “tentatively” decided to run for a third and final term. Bradenton Beach officials are limited to serving three consecutive terms in office.

Straight has not decided whether he will run again.

Anyone who can prove Bradenton Beach residency for nine months and is a registered voter in the city ward for which they qualify can sign up to run for office June 16-June 20.

Both Vosburgh and Straight ran unopposed in 2012.

Vosburgh began her political career when she was drafted by the commission to fill the seat held by Bob Bartelt, who took over as mayor in August 2010.

After a few months at the dais, she decided to run for Ward 4 commissioner and won the majority vote.

Straight won his seat in 2010 after three decades in public service as Manatee County Emergency Medical Technician chief, 911 emergency response center chief and as a reserve deputy sheriff.

Candidate packets are available at the city clerk’s office at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., or at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.

It is $48 to register to run for commission.

Those wishing to seek office must collect 10 signatures of residents from Bradenton Beach, appoint a campaign treasurer and register a bank campaign account with the supervisor’s office before any contributions can be accepted.

The election is nonpartisan, and commissioners earn $4,800 per year.

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