Four for three in Holmes Beach election
Holmes Beach political newcomer Pat Morton of 5608 Gulf Drive will join incumbents Pat Geyer, Rich Bohnenberger and Don Maloney in the November city election, vying for one of the three vacant seats on the city commission.
Morton, the previously "unknown" candidate, filed his election papers at city hall Monday.
"If you want to make a change, you have to get involved," said Morton of his candidacy. "Sometimes, we have the same old thing."
He is currently the resident manager of the Sun Plaza condominiums and has been a Holmes Beach resident for 10 years.
Carolyn Cordella had picked up an election packet, but did not return it by the noon qualifying deadline Sept. 16.
The four candidates will each be profiled in an upcoming issue of The Islander, and the newspaper will hold a public forum for the candidates prior to the Nov. 4 election.
Residents of Holmes Beach have until Oct. 6 to register to vote in the city election.
Registration and absentee ballot information are available at city hall, The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or online at www.votemanatee.com.