Nine vying for four seats on Bradenton Beach commission
The largest field of candidates in recent Bradenton Beach history have filed to fill four seats on the city commission.
Incumbent Mayor John Chappie is being challenged by Vice Mayor Bill Arnold and Commissioner Dawn Baker.
Chappie was elected to his mayor post two years ago, previously serving as commission since 1997 and before that on the planning and zoning commission. Arnold has served as a commissioner since 1998. Baker served on the planning and zoning board before taking her commission seat in 1999.
Arnold's Ward 1 seat has John Shaughnessy and Rick Bisio both seeking first-time election. Shaughnessy was instrumental in garnering the resident purchase of the Sandpiper Mobile Resort in the northern part of the city; Bisio serves on the city's planning and zoning board.
For Ward 2, Lisa Marie Phillips and Trish Otto are facing one another for the commission dais post. Phillips is a lifetime resident of the city; Otto is involved in the Bradenton Beach Club development at 17th Street North, where she resides.
For Ward 3, incumbent Commissioner Scott Barr is challenged by Peter Barreda. Barr is a property manager and was appointed to the city commission in July 2002 to fill a vacancy; Barreda is the manager of Cortez Kitchen, a long-time resident of Bradenton Beach and whose mother, Dahlia, served on the commission in the late 1980s.
Election day is Nov. 4. Although candidates in Bradenton Beach have to reside within the separate wards, votes are cast by all electors in the city.