Chappie, Barreda, Phillips, Shaughnessy win in Bradenton Beach
CORRECTION: In the print edition of the Nov. 5 Islander, the referendum results were reversed due to a city clerk's error. The correct results are:
Voters favored removing high-density R-3 zoning in the city, as the non-binding referendum proposed by former Mayor Katie Pierola passed 224 to 197.
Electors also agreed that building height in the city should not be the subject of any variances in another non-binding referendum, 226 to 207.
John Chappie was re-elected mayor of Bradenton Beach Nov. 4, and voters chose newcomers all for three commission seats, John Shaughnessy for Ward 1, Lisa Marie Phillips for Ward 2, and Peter Barreda for Ward 3.
Chappie garnered 215 votes as he defeated two challengers, City Commissioners Dawn Baker, who received 196 votes, and Bill Arnold, who got 32 votes. Arnold's term on the commission expired this year; Baker resigned her commission seat to run for the mayor's position.
In the Ward 1 seat, Shaughnessy received 233 votes to defeat challenger Bisio with 176 votes.
Ward 2 saw an easy win for Phillips over Tricia Otto, 322 votes to 91.
And Ward 3 saw Barreda defeat incumbent Commission Scott Barr, 276 votes to 141.
The newly elected officials and Chappie will be sworn in Nov. 17, although a time had not been determined at presstime.
"I'm really pleased," said Chappie. "I'm a little surprised. We've got a good commission on there now, and there are lots of important issues ahead of us. Growth management is at the top, and we're going to get into that with tons of public input and find out what the people want."
"I'm surprised," said Shaughnessy. "I don't know what to say, but I'll do the best I can."
"The city is in for a big change," said Phillips. "Look at the people that were elected. It's magnificent. The voters were thinking like Islanders."
"I'm very happy," said Barreda. "The people spoke. I won with pretty good numbers, and I want to be a servant for my city and move forward. I'm happy with the turnout, and hope more citizens will get involved and come to the meetings and voice their opinions."
Voter turnout in the city was 49 percent, deemed high by some political observers.