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Date of Issue: September 29, 2005

No 'races' on ballot this year in Bradenton Beach

Call it election by acclamation. Or by apathy.

But whatever the title, the Bradenton Beach ballot on Nov. 8 will be bereft of candidates for three city commission seats. There were, after all, only three candidates - one for each seat - and all were filled by filing deadline at noon Friday of last week.

Taking office for his third term is Mayor John Chappie.

In Ward 1, City Commissioner John Shaughnessy will ease into his second term of office in the northern section of the city.

And Janie Robertson will fill the position of the Ward 3 seat vacated by Rob Nachtigal, who has moved out of the city effective Sept. 30. Robertson is without opposition in the southern-central section of the city.

There is still a reason for Bradenton Beach voters to venture to the polls on election day, though: A total of 14 questions, including the issue of Island consolidation, are under consideration for city electors.