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Date of Issue: June 29, 2006

Barford to seek commission seat

Anna Maria planning and zoning board chairperson Fran Barford has announced she will run for a seat on the city commission in the November city election. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Former Temple Terrace mayor and current Anna Maria planning and zoning board chairperson Fran Barford has announced her candidacy for a seat on the city commission.

She is a former city council member in Temple Terrace and served as mayor of that city for six years.

Barford is also a member of the Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors and a member of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.

"I feel I have had valuable experience in local government that would contribute to the well being of the citizens of Anna Maria," Barford said in explaining her decision.

"I love this community and would like the opportunity to serve its citizens," she added, noting that preservation of the "unique character" of Anna Maria would be a major objective for her as a commissioner.

Barford has been an Anna Maria property owner since 1987 and she and husband George moved to Anna Maria permanently in 2004.