SEMINOLE — A second candidate has dropped out of the race for the City Council.
Allen L. Godfrey, 57, the city's former public works director, withdrew from the crowded field Friday. His withdrawal brings the field down to seven candidates for two available seats on the Seminole council. Jardelina Dias Souto, 62, withdrew from the race Dec. 28.
Godfrey could not be reached for comment.
Left in the race are incumbent Thom Barnhorn, 53; Christopher Burke, 45, a Largo police officer; Thomas J. Christy, 58, a regular at City Council meetings; Arden Ford, 70, a businessman who briefly ran for the council once before but withdrew because of family issues; Randall Hendricks, 62, a political newcomer to city politics; James Joseph Quinn, 70, who is back for a second attempt at a council seat; and Bill Smith, 42, an employee of Progress Energy.
The open seats are held by Barnhorn and Dan Hester. Hester is not running for re-election.
Seminole has a council-manager form of government that provides for daily management by a council-appointed city manager. The seven-member council, which includes the mayor, is responsible for policy issues and passing the budget. The six council members serve three-year terms and are paid $5,562 each year. Members meet twice a month and hold workshop meetings as necessary. Seminole has about 18,700 people. Residents have until Feb. 8 to register to vote in the March 9 election.
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