With time starting June 4 for candidates in Bradenton Beach to collect signatures and file papers with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office to qualify for the Nov. 6 election, only incumbent Ward 4 Commissioner Jan Vosburgh has filed.
Vosburgh and Ward 2 Commissioner/Vice Mayor Ed Straight are up for re-election in November, and while Straight has not yet filed, his run is “likely,” he said.
“It’s very likely, but I’ll discuss it with (wife) Gail first,” said Straight, who operates Wildlife Inc., a wildlife rehabilitation center from his home in Bradenton Beach.
“The only reason I wouldn’t is because we are so busy (at Wildlife),” he said. “But I enjoy it very much. I know controversial things come up and there are times when you make a decision based on what the people you serve want. There are also times you base a decision on what you know is best, and you hope to God you know the difference.”
Straight was elected to office in 2010, but is no stranger to public service. He was in public safety for 29 years, including serving as EMT chief for 13 years and chief of the Manatee County 911-emergency center for seven years.
Straight also was a reserve Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy for 27 years, retiring in 2010 to run for his seat on the commission.
Vosburgh was first appointed to her Ward 4 commission seat in June 2010 when former Mayor Michael Pierce resigned. Bob Bartelt then vacated his Ward 2 seat to fill the mayor’s slot, and Vosburgh served out the remainder of Bartelt’s term. She was elected to office in November 2010, beating out mooring committee member Michael Harrington.
Vosburgh refers to her residency in Bradenton Beach as a blessing and her opportunity to serve the residents of Ward 4 as “an honor and a privilege.”
She is a successful businesswoman, who owned and managed a furniture and appliance retail business for 28 years in Utah, and has served on two Bradenton Beach committees and private condo boards.
She has lived in Bradenton Beach for 10 years and has been a property owner in the city for 24 years. She has many business and personal accolades, including being named Utah Citizen of the Year.
She has posted a website at www.janvosburgh.com and a slogan, “Taking Action, Getting Results.”
She lists lowering taxes, remaining fiscally responsible, protecting property rights, streamlining city ordinances, and maintaining the charm and uniqueness of Bradenton Beach as her top priorities.
The last day for voter registration for the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 9.