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Date of Issue: July 13, 2006

SueLynn will not seek re-election

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said Monday she will not seek a third term this November.

Calling it one of the most "difficult" decisions of her life, the mayor said she made her decision this past weekend after discussing the issue with friends and family members.

"The job has consumed my life with very little value added and I do not wish to continue my life this way," she said. "While it's going to be extremely difficult to walk away, I realize it's time to get out."

The job of mayor in Anna Maria is a full-time position, she believes, and without a town manager or administrative assistant, the mayor is faced with a myriad of daily tasks that require an incredible amount of attention.

SueLynn was first elected as mayor in February 2002, and re-elected in November 2004.

Her announcement leaves former planning and zoning board commissioner Tom Turner as the only announced candidate.

In addition to the mayor, Anna Maria will also elect two members of the city commission in the Nov. 8 election.

Incumbents Duke Miller and Linda Cramer have already announced they will seek re-election, while planning and zoning board chairperson Fran Barford has also said she will seek a commission seat.

The position of mayor in Anna Maria pays $9,600 per annum, while commissioners earn $4,000 annually.

To qualify for the election, a candidate must have resided in Anna Maria for a minimum of two years.

Qualifying packets in Anna Maria must be obtained from the supervisor of elections office in Bradenton. Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach clerks can qualify their city candidates, although qualifying packets are apparently not yet ready for distribution.

Further information on candidate qualifying may be obtained at the supervisor of elections Web site at www.votemanatee.com, or by calling the election supervisor at 741-3823.