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Date of Issue: August 02, 2007

Shearon throws his hat into mayor ring in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Bill Shearon hopes to be Mayor Shearon later this year. He has opened a campaign account - the first step required in preparation to run for the mayoral post in the city.

He hopes to succeed John Chappie who, due to term limit requirements, is retiring from his position this year.

Shearon was elected without opposition in 2004, and again did not face opposition in the 2006 elections, representing Ward 4, basically the area of the city from Bridge Street south. He and partner Tjet Martin own Linger Longer, which is their residence and also hosts season guests.

He said he was running on a platform of being a conservative, interested in having the city be more efficient, and continuing the efforts of the city to work as a team.

He was born in Chicago and started a petroleum marketing business that eventually expanded to 150 employees. At his retirement after 27 years in the industry, he served on advisory board for Amoco, Marathon and Mobile Oil companies, as well as posts on two trade association boards, one as president.

Vice Mayor John Shaughnessy, who has been rumored to be also looking at the mayoral position, said, “I just don’t know yet,” when asked about his plans for the higher office.