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Date of Issue: May 04, 2006

Holmes Beach election heats up early

It may be six months before you can vote in a Holmes Beach election, but apparently the contest is under way for several seats on the commission and the mayoral chair.

Current City Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger has already said he'll be seeking the mayor's slot this November, leaving at least one incumbent seat vacant.

Mayor Carol Whitmore announced upon being sworn into office 18 months ago that she would not seek another term - as mayor - and, true to her word, she has now announced she will seek a seat on the city commission.

She squelched rumors last month of a run for a seat on the Manatee County Board of Commissioners.

That leaves Commissioners Roger Lutz and Sandy Haas-Martens, both up for re-election in November, left to declare their intentions as to another term on the city commission.

Lutz has said privately that he will not run again for office in Holmes Beach, however, he has made no public announcement.