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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Still only 1 candidate for Ward 3 in Bradenton Beach

Former City Commissioner Ross Benjamin is the sole candidate to date for the vacant Ward 3 seat on the Bradenton Beach City Commission.

The seat was vacated by Peter Barreda, who resigned earlier this month due to increased business commitments and health issues.

Benjamin held the seat from November 2001 to July 2002, when he too resigned, citing verbal attacks against him and his wife.

Candidates for the seat must live in the ward - from the south side of 7th Street North to First Street, and including the Pines Trailer Park - and must have been a registered voter for at least nine months prior to June 3, 2004.

A number of financial disclosure forms must also be filed periodically with the city, including assets, by the new commissioner.

City officials suggest applicants write a brief request for consideration, including qualifications and experience. Any hobbies or special interests should be included. Letters of intent may be sent or dropped off to city hall, 107 Gulf Drive, by June 1.

For more information, call city hall at 778-1005.