Candidate Pulls Out of Seminole Council Race
By ANNE LINDBERG, TB Reporter
The departure of Tom Christy leaves five running for two seats on the Seminole City Council.
SEMINOLE – Tom Christy has decided not to run for the Seminole City Council.
Christy, who was one of six people who qualified to run, was making his ninth run for the position. He did not offer an explanation for his decision to withdraw in the one-line notification he sent today (Aug. 17) to Seminole City Clerk Patricia Beliveau:
“Please accept this document as our withdrawal from the 2018 election process in the city of Seminole, November 6, 2018.”
Christy’s withdrawal leaves five in the race – incumbents Chris Burke and Trish Springer, former Council Member Dan Hester, and political newcomers Thomas Marrah and Kelly Wissing.
Burke is a Largo police officer who has served on the Seminole council since 2012. He is a past vice mayor He is seeking his third term on the council.
Springer has served on the council since 2015. She is seeking her second term. She owns Springer Electric and has 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry. She served on the recreation board for eight years and is past president of the Seminole Kiwanis Club. She has two children, two dogs and one cat.
Hester served on the Seminole council from 2005 to 2010. He spearheaded the countywide ban on dog tethering and successfully lobbied for Pinellas County to pass a TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) law as a way of controlling and reducing the feral cat population. He is the founder of Meow Now, which provides TNVR services for Pinellas’ feral cats. He recently stepped down as head of Meow Now because of eye problems that have since been resolved. He is a retired banker.
Marrah has been a resident of Seminole since 1995. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served on submarines. He volunteers at the Seminole Recreation Center training a group called the Seminole Rec Mud Warriors whose members run in mud races. He serves as an usher at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He is a compression machine operator at Ion Labs.
Wissing was born and raised in Pinellas County. She is the SAC Chair at Starkey Elementary School and a member and past board member of the Starkey Elementary PTA. Wissing is an active volunteer of the Old Salt Fishing Foundation and a committee member of the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation Fishing Tournament. Wissing said she is running “to represent families in Seminole.”
Seminole has a council-manager form of government under which a seven-member council – consisting of a mayor and six councilors – sets policy, passes a budget and hires a city attorney and a city manager. The manager runs the day to day activities of the city.
Council members are elected citywide in a nonpartisan election. They serve three years and are paid $8,200 a year. The two top votegetters will take office.
The election is Nov. 6.
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