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Date of Issue: June 15, 2006

Pierce announces candidacy in Bradenton Beach

Longtime Bradenton Beach resident Michael Pierce has announced his candidacy for the city commission Ward 2 seat currently held by Lisa Maria Phillips. She has said she will not seek re-election.

Pierce has lived in the city for 18 years, moving there from Lansing, Mich. He is a retired performance supervisor with General Motors, where he worked for 36 years.

He serves on a host of committees or boards: The Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity, the city’s planning and zoning board, the code enforcement board, the Manatee County Schools  ED/Vantage Program (Core/Group), Bradenton Beauty and Barber Academy Board, and is president of the Anna Maria Island Elementary School Advisory Council.

Pierce also serves as an election deputy and was on the comprehensive plan review committee.

He has been married for 42 years and has two sons and one granddaughter.

Qualifying for the Nov. 7 election is from noon Monday, July 17, to noon Friday, July 21. Ward 2 and Ward 4 seats on the city commission are to be filled.