Former Treasure Island mayor to fill out Kennedy’s commission term

Former Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning, left, will serve out the term of Commissioner Ralph Kennedy, who resigned.
Former Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning, left, will serve out the term of Commissioner Ralph Kennedy, who resigned.
Published August 23 2018

TREASURE ISLAND — Former Mayor Bob Minning will likely return to city government next month, this time as a commissioner for District 3.

Ralph Kennedy, the elected commissioner for the area that includes Paradise Island and the city’s downtown, resigned this month, citing pressure from work commitments.

The city then advertised for residents willing to fill the seat until the next election in March.

Four applications were submitted to the city clerk Monday by Minning, Karen Barnett, Mark Cox, and Saleene Partridge.

During a workshop discussion Tuesday, the commission informally decided Minning would be the best pick, particularly since he pledged not to run for the seat in March. The formal appointment will be made at the commission’s Sept. 4 regular meeting.

"I think since Mayor Minning says he is not interested in pursuing election next year, he is the most likely candidate," said Mayor Larry Lunn.

Both Commissioners Tyler Payne and Deborah Toth agreed. Commissioner Heidi Horak was not at the meeting,.

"Minning has already demonstrated he has the trust from his community. He was re-elected time after time and none of the others have been elected before," Payne said.

Minning previously served one term as a commissioner and three terms as mayor before retiring from office this year.

Lunn said the three other applicants could consider running for election in March.

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