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Date of Issue: June 08, 2006

Turner tosses hat in ring

Tom Turner, longtime property owner and resident of Anna Maria, has tossed his hat in the ring early to run for the mayor's seat in the upcoming November city election.

Turner was active in the past in city government for many years through various city committees and sought election unsuccessfully to the city commission in 1993.

Turner said he's seen "spending go out of control in many ways," and added that he believes the "financial reserve has been run down to the point where the city is not financially stable."

He said he would like to be a part of the process to revise the comprehensive plan and that he hopes to maintain the "low profile" of the city.

Turner is a retired U.S. Air Force flight engineer superintendent with 12,000 hours of logged flying time. He also has 20 years experience in property and casualty insurance.