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Kenneth City | Town Council

Kenneth City is between St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park. It divides the unincorporated Lealman area into two pieces. It had 4,980 residents in the 2010 census and is about 1 mile square. The town is completing a transition to a council-manager form of government that was mandated last year by voters. Under that form of government, a professional manager oversees the daily running of the town and supervises all departments and employees. A council consisting of a mayor and four members sets policy, passes a budget and hires the manager and a town attorney. Those who are elected will be the first to operate under the new form. Council members serve two-year terms. They hold at least one meeting and one workshop a month and earn $300 a month. They run at-large in a nonpartisan race. The two top vote-getters will take office.

Anne Lindberg, Times staff writer

Ellen Dalbo, 55

exceptional education assistant
Phil Redisch, 78

Barbara Roberts, 61

Experience She worked in the electrical data industry for 30 years, in the distribution of electrical products, data cable and connectors. Six years ago, she began working for the Pinellas County School District at 74th Street Elementary School in St. Petersburg as an exceptional education assistant working with autistic children. She has served as president of the Blanton Elementary School PTA and served on the board of Fossil Park Youth Baseball and Softball. He is retired and owns two cabs. He is a part owner, vice president, treasurer and past president of Independent Taxi Co. He is a former president of B'nai Israel Congregation in St. Petersburg and serves on the temple's board of directors. He is a volunteer at Menorah Manor. He was a national officer of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs and volunteered with the Mahaffey Theater and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Civilian Patrol. He served on the Kenneth City council from 2003 until 2009 when he termed out. He was again elected to the council two years ago. She worked as a dental assistant for 15 years and then in purchasing for Smith's Aerospace, now General Electric, for 23 years. She currently works in purchasing for Tandel Systems. She teaches Sunday school and helps with Vacation Bible School. She served on the town's charter review commission.
EducationShe is a graduate of Gibbs High School and attended St. Petersburg Junior College, now St. Petersburg College.Graduate of Brooklyn Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y.She is a graduate of Northeast High School. She earned her dental assistance training at Tomlinson Adult Learning Center and was a national honors graduate of St. Petersburg College where she earned an associates degree. She became a licensed pharmacy technician after studying at Pinellas Technical Education Center.
PersonalShe is a native of St. Petersburg who moved to Kenneth City 23 years ago. She is married and has two children. A Brooklyn native, he moved here 36 years ago. Married for 57 years with three children.She was born in Lockport, N.Y., and moved to Florida when she was 3 months old. She has lived in Kenneth City since 1977. She is divorced and has one child, a police officer in Georgia.
Why are you

"I'm running for the residents of Kenneth City. I believe that the residents' tax dollars are not being spent in the right way for our city.""I enjoy volunteering. To me, it's a very important part of life."Everybody sits around and complains but no one makes an effort to change things. Serving on the council is a way to make a difference and contribute to the town.
Would you vote to put the Police Department on the ballot and let taxpayers decide whether to keep it or go elsewhere for police services?"I would like to see the police department return to the community patrolling that we have always been. If not then I would be willing to vote to let the residents decide if they want to keep the police department or go in another direction."That's been done and the people have decided. (Redisch is referring to a March 2000 vote when 68 percent voted to keep the department rather than contract with the Pinellas County sheriff.) "The only problem with the police department is the mayor doesn't get along with the police chief. That's the crux of the thing. ... We need our own department. I want to wave to a cop when he goes down the street whether I know him or not.""I kind of go two ways. I liked having them when I felt they did their job. ... But I don't think they have the right supervision to get where they want to be." She says the department's management needs to be changed. If that doesn't solve the problems, then she would likely vote to let residents decide whether to keep it.
Why vote for you?"I'm a concerned citizen who's involved in what's going on in Kenneth City and wants the residents to get the best for their town. ... I would like to see the residents get reinvolved with their city.""I feel I'm someone you can come over to and talk to. ... I listen to people. I try to help them out. I try to (listen to) both sides of the story.""I'm going to work really hard to make a difference in Kenneth City."
AssetsHome, vehicleNone listedHome, car
LiabilitiesMortgageNone listedCredit card
IncomeSalarySocial Security, cab business, council member salarySalary

Know Your Candidates — Kenneth City Town Council

Candidates forum

A meet the candidates night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kenneth City Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N. The event will be moderated by the League of Women Voters. For information, contact Kali Gillespie at (727) 434-4236 or

Know Your Candidates — Kenneth City Town Council 02/25/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 3:50pm]
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