Saturday, November 25, 2017

14 Residents Apply for One-year Appointment to St. Augustine Beach City Commission

How cool is that?  Delightfully high participation rate for a small town of 5573 registered voters.  One in every 398 voters applied for a Commission appointment.

Very civilized procedure to fill a vacancy created by Gary Snodgrass resignation.  Commission advertised, sought letters of intent and resumes, and got fourteen (14) of them.  In sharp and marked contrast, the other itty bitty City, the City of St. Augustine, duked in ex-Commissioner DONALD CRICHLOW to replace resigned Commission William Leary, showing contempt for public participation under corrupt then-Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR.

Awesome that so many interesting, experienced people applied.

They will be interviewed by the four current St. Augustine Beach City Commissioners on December 4, 2017 at 6 PM.  "Candidates who fail to attend will be disqualified from consideration."  

Come help Commissioners pick a new St. Augustine Beach City Commissioner to fill the vacancy.

Do research.

Ask questions.

Demand answers.

Make disclosures.

Expect democracy.

Because decisions are made by people who show up.

The candidates are:

Rosetta Bailey,  local government watchdog, former PNC Bank Vice President (who broke the "glass ceiling" eleven years before the term was coined; received 39% of the vote in energetic second-place 2016 run as candidate for St. Augustine Beach City Commission (she lost, at least partly due to Mayor RICHARD BURTT O'BRIEN's unethical campaign tactics).

Thomas F. Reynolds, Jr., local government watchdog, advocate for children's recreation in St. Augustine Beach, strongly recommended by St. Augustine Record columnist Bob Tis, has attended hundreds of local government meetings and was falsely charged by Mayor RICHARD BURTT O'BRIEN with "stalking" during the Mayor's race -- an ex parte injunction was based on lies, but dissolved by the Honorable Howard O. McGillin, Circuit Court Judge, on December 7, 2016

Dr. Patricia Gill, Ph.D., retired college dean and teacher, longtime PZB member, League of Women Voters election forum chair

Dr. James H. Kaye, D.O., retired NJ medical examiner, local physician, who raised concern about mosquito-born diseases and City's failed drainage policy

LTC Ernesto J. Torres, MBA (Ret.),  PZB member

Jeffrey Michael Holleran,  PZB member, entrepreneur, Stogie's, Ripe Bistro, Spy Sushi and Sangria's Wine and Tapas bar founder, ardent public supporter of Flagler College's too-big 20,000 square foot communications building, a/k/a "The Tuna on Cuna Street."

Kevin Kincaid, PZB member, medical escort; retired Deputy Chief, Fairfax County, Virginia Fire & Rescue

Michael P. Longstreet, PZB member, music teacher in St. Johns County Schools

David A. Bradfield, Realtor®, PZB member (possibly incomplete application, with no actual letter of intent, with a handwritten note that was submitted by Jane West, PZB chair and local environmental and land use planning attorney)

Roberta Odom, PZB member, Realtor® Political Action Committee chair, lobbyist, 

Dylan Rumrell, 2016 Sheriff David Shoar campaigner, Ancient City Brewing owner, Realtor®, former paid campaign staff for failed 2010 Democratic Governor candidate Alex Sink (the latter omitted from c.v.) 

Dr. Kay A. Watson, Ph.D. retired clinical laboratory supervisor, medical researcher, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, radioman

Donald J. Samora, Real Estate investor, engineer, MBA

Patricia Wittman Kreis, IT expert

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