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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Two short-listed for Ward 3 commission seat

And now there are two.

Bradenton Beach city commissioners deadlocked on two candidates to join their ranks last week to fill the vacant Ward 3 seat on the board, causing a pause in the selection until June 17.

Mayor John Chappie and Commissioner John Shaughnessy both favored applicant Tammy Barr, wife of former Ward 3 Commissioner Scott Barr, for the post left vacant last month by Peter Barreda's sudden resignation.

Vice Mayor Anna O'Brien and Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips opted for candidate Rob Nachtigal.

With a two-two vote, commissioners opted to postpone a decision until the next regular commission meeting. If neither side flinches, the city charter prescribes that the city clerk "shall draw by lot" a winner for the vacant seat.

Barr is co-owner and manager of Surfside Realty in Bradenton Beach. She has a background as a medical health technician for Manatee Glens Corp. and Charter Hospitals. She has been a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church since age 8, and sits on the Missions Committee, manages the Parents Night Out Program, and is a Sunday school teacher there.

She also serves on the board of directors for Safe Place Inc., and The Circle of Compassion Inc.

Nachtigal is a sales representative for Ward Oil Co. Inc. in Tampa. He has been a territorial manager for several petroleum companies in Florida and the southeast in the past few years, and is a former program administrator for the Manatee County School District. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of West Florida.