Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Know Your Candidates — Pinellas Park City Council

The job

Pinellas Park has a council/mayor form of government. The mayor and four council members generally hold two workshops and two meetings each month. They are responsible for the budget, policy and hiring the city manager, city attorney and city clerk. A city manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city. Pinellas Park has about 48,000 residents and a budget of about $49.3 million. Council members serve four-year terms and earn about $16,400 a year.

The election

Pinellas Park had 28,749 registered voters as of Feb. 13, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections. It has 26 precincts and 10 polling places. The voter turnout in the past five municipal races has ranged from a low of 5.4 percent in March 2000 to a high of 14.4 percent in March 2004. This year's election is March 13. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find polling places, go to votepinellas.com.

The candidates

Patricia F. Johnson, 66, was born in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and moved to St. Pete Beach as an infant. She first moved to Pinellas Park in 1982, then in 2000 moved to Bardmoor and returned to Pinellas Park in 2002. She is an elder-care consultant. She and her husband own and operate Amber Glen Feed Depot and the Amber Glen Equestrian Center. She is a graduate of the Pinellas Park Citizens Police Academy and served five years on the Board of Adjustment, including one year as chairwoman. She serves on the city's Code Enforcement board, the board of directors of the Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce, and is president of the board of the Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club. She volunteers with Pinellas County TRIAD, SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) and Seniors vs. Crime. She received a bronze award from President George W. Bush in 2006 for volunteer service and assisted in writing the 504 regulations for the Housing and Urban Development Department. She has more than 40 years working with large and small corporations, including AARP, NCBA (National Caucus & Center on Black Aged), St. Petersburg Housing Authority, Goodwill's Freedom Village.

Family: She is married and has one daughter and a grandchild.

Sources of income: Consulting, Amber Glen.

Assets: Real estate, car, horse trailer, two horses.

Liabilities: Two mortgages.

Campaign website: patriciajohnson.org.

Endorsements: Pinellas Park branch of the Fraternal Order of Police; state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater; Pinellas County Commissioner Neil Brickfield; Pinellas Park council members Rick Butler, Ed Taylor and Jerry Mullins; Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce president Jon Farris.

Eddie Kosinski, 64, moved to St. Petersburg in 1967 and to Pinellas Park in 1968. He is semiretired and the owner of Eddie's Tractor Service, which his youngest son, Mike, is taking over. He is a member of the Board of Adjustment, the board of directors of Community Spirit in the Park and the National Rifle Association. He is an elder at Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of the city's APPLE program (A Pinellas Park Learning Experience) and is the past president of its alumni association. He was named a Pinellas Park city ambassador in 2006. He founded the Davis Field Neighborhood Association and serves as the team leader. He formed the Davis Field Neighborhood Crime Watch and is the team captain. He is a former member of the Civil Air Patrol, where he attained the rank of lieutenant operations officer. He volunteers with People Helping People and the cold-night shelter at the Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club. He is the second vice president of the Pinellas Park Boys & Girls Club Unit Advisory Council. He began a recycling/"going green" program at Good Samaritan Church. He received the All-State Neighborhood Team Award from the Florida Neighborhoods Conference Inc. in July 2011.

Family: He is married and has four sons, two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

Source of income: Eddie's Tractor Service.

Assets: Home, cars, real estate.

Liabilities: Credit cards.

Campaign website: eddiekosinski.com.

Endorsements: former Pinellas Park Mayor Cecil Bradbury, Pinellas Park Fire Fighters Local 2193, and former Pinellas Park City Manager Don Lusk.

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