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Waters, former legislator, may run for Seminole City Council



SEMINOLE -- Leslie Waters, who served eight years in the state House of Representatives, is considering a run for the Seminole City Council.

Waters picked up an election packet from the Seminole City Clerk's office Monday. She could not be immediately reached for comment, but her husband, Al, confirmed she is considering running for one of the two open seats on the council. Presumably, she would try for the seat now held by Seminole lawyer Peter Hofstra, who told city officials he will not run in the March 10 election. The other seat is held by Tom Barnhorn, who is running for re-election.

Waters, speaker pro tem during her last term in the state House, would add a certain cachet to a race that generally tends to be peaceful and rather lackluster.

Waters, 61, has a bachelor's and a master's degree from Florida State University. She worked for Allstate Insurance Co. from 1971-2000 in human resources, corporate marketing and government relations management. She served four terms in the House until term limits forced her out in 2006. Janet Long, a former Seminole council member, holds Waters' former seat representing House District 51.

After leaving the Legislature, Waters opened a political and grass roots consulting firm, Leslie Waters Government Relations. She also is as a political motivational speaker.

Most recently, Waters was considered as a possible candidate for her old House seat when fellow Republican Terry Sanchez withdrew just weeks before the election. Waters declined to run against Long, saying she wanted to concentrate on her consulting business and a future run at the state Senate.

Unlike state races, the Seminole election is nonpartisan. The city has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and six council members who run at large. Members serve three-year terms and must attend at least two meetings a month. They earn $5,562 a year and are responsible for setting policy, establishing a budget and hiring the city manager, city clerk and city attorney.

Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:41am]


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