Category Archives: 10-13-2010

Early voting begins Oct. 18

Early voting for the mid-term general elections begins Oct. 18 in Manatee County. Early voting will take place from Monday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 118, Bradenton. The hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

Candidate meet-and-greet coming up

The Islander will host Popcorn and Politics at the newspaper office Wednesday, Oct. 20, providing an opportunity for voters to meet candidates for office in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and the Manatee County Board of Commissioners. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at The Islander storefront in the Island Shopping Center, […]

Selby wants 2010 put behind Anna Maria

The biggest issue facing the city and residents is “is putting 2010 behind us and looking to the future,” not Pine Avenue parking, said Anna Maria mayoral candidate Mike Selby. Selby made the comment in an e-mail to The Islander after declining an interview request. “I think (an e-mail) gives all parties a more comprehensive […]

Mattick seeks to calm Anna Maria

Anna Maria mayoral candidate Sandy Mattick is seeking the office because she believes she has the experience and knowledge to run the city effectively and bring a calming influence to city hall. Her experience, knowledge and calm nature will help end the divisiveness in the city generated the past year, she said. “The mayor’s position […]

Two campaign for Bradenton Beach commission

Two candidates are vying for the 4th Ward seat on Bradenton Beach’s city commission in the Nov. 2 general election. The contest involves appointed Commissioner Janet Vosburgh, who has held the post since June, and mooring committee member Michael Harrington.

Vosburgh hustles to Nov. 2

Janet Vosburgh is up and out while the harvest moon is still shining on the Gulf of Mexico. With dawn every morning, Vosburgh is on the path at Coquina Beach. With her iPod Nano playing Il Divo and her New Balance athletic shoes laced tight, she walks the length of the path and circles back. […]

Harrington emphatic about interest

Michael Harrington’s candidate brochures contain multiple exclamation points. That’s because the Bradenton Beach resident seeking his first elected office — that of Ward 4 city commissioner — is emphatic — “!!!” — about his interest in service and his qualifications for office. Harrington, 73, lives in a quiet mobile home park near downtown Bradenton Beach […]

BB voters to decide charter questions

Bradenton Beach voters will face a series of proposed changes to the city charter on the Nov. 2 ballot. A commission-appointed charter review committee recommended the changes to the document earlier this year and the commission OK’d the changes for voter consideration in August. Passage of the ordinance allows the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections […]

Peelen dreamed of political position

She’s been a civil rights attorney for the federal government, novelist, investigative consultant and even finalist to be on the TV show “Survivor.” But Jean Peelen, 59, has never held an elected political position. “I was never allowed because of my position with the federal government,” she said. “It had been a dream of mine […]

Monetti hopes to continue giving

Ten years ago, John Monetti came to Holmes Beach City Hall for the first time. He was following a value his parents had instilled in him — give back to the community. Monetti said he wanted to volunteer and ended up helping the city with stormwater prevention planning. A year later, the city commission asked […]