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Date of Issue: September 15, 2005

Qualifying next week for Bradenton Beach commission, mayor

Qualifying begins noon Monday for two ward positions and the mayor's seat in Bradenton Beach.

At least one race has become a definite vacancy-filler: Ward 3 Commissioner Rob Nachtigal has announced he is moving from the city Sept. 30 and will vacate his seat at that time.

Janie Robertson has said she will seek that office.

Commissioners have the ability to appoint someone to fill the vacancy left by Nachtigal, but have traditionally not done so when an election is so near.

In Ward 1, incumbent John Shaughnessy has opened a campaign account and indicated he would seek a second two-year term.

Mayor John Chappie has said he definitely will seek another term in office which, if elected, would be his third as mayor.

Candidates must open a campaign account, from which they must pay their filing fee for office - $96 for mayor, $48 for commissioners. They must also have a petition signed by at least 10 electors in the city, and have been a resident of their respective ward for at least nine months.

Qualifying paperwork and further information is available at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., or by calling 778-1005.