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414011 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2008-03-08 10:00:10.0 UTC 2008-03-08T05:00:10.000-05:00 meet-the-seminole-council-candidates Published 2008-03-08 10:01:30.0 UTC 2008-03-08T05:01:30.000-05:00 news/localgovernment DTI 36187012 Seminole The job Seminole has a council-manager form of government. The mayor and six council members meet at least twice a month. They set city policy and hire the city manager, city clerk and city attorney. They oversee the city budget. Council members earn a bit more than $5,000 per year and serve three-year terms. The two highest vote-getters will win the open council seats. The election is Tuesday. Seminole has about 18,500 residents. The candidates John Counts He was born and raised in St. Petersburg and became a Seminole resident in 2001 when his neighborhood was annexed into the city. He is a graduate of Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He and his wife, Cynthia, have a 5-year-old daughter. He is a financial consultant and worked as a bank manager for 13 years. He has served on the Seminole City Council since 2004. He is former president of the Quail Ridge Homeowners Association, a Junior Achievement teacher and past co-chairman of the Seminole Pow Wow Committee. His hobbies include distance running and softball. Source of income: Work salaries and the City Council. Assets: Home, stocks, bonds. Liabilities: Mortgage, loan. Bob Matthews He was born in Alvarado, Texas, and moved to Seminole in 1979. He studied two years of electronics at Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute and took electronics courses at St. Petersburg Junior College. He retired from Progress Energy in 2002. He and his wife own Seminole Garden Florist and Party Store. He has served on the Seminole City Council since 1990 and serves as the council's representative on the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. He is a member of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren. Sources of income: Retirement and Seminole Garden Florist. Assets: Home, business, acreage in Inverness, car and van. Liabilities: Mortgages. Patricia Plantamura She is a former police-officer-turned- teacher who grew up on a farm near Lincoln, Neb., and moved to Florida 18 years ago. She has lived in Seminole for the past eight years. She teaches at Sacred Heart School in Pinellas Park. She is vice president and past treasurer of the Cordova Greens V condominium association and past board member of the Imperial Point Homeowners Association. She is married and has one daughter. Source of Income: Salary. Assets: Home, rental property, IRA. Liabilities: Mortgage, car payment. Campaign Web site: www.patplant.com Trina Watkins She was born in Lakewood, N.J., and graduated from Dixie Hollins High School and Santa Fe Community College. She is a territory sales manager for Home Health Corporation of America. She attended the University of Florida and Eckerd College. She is past president of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the St. Petersburg College Community Advisory Board and the American Heart Association Community Board. She is a member of the Pinellas Seminole Women's Club, the Women's Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Gulf Beaches, the Rotary Club, the Seminole Historical Society, Better Living for Seniors and the Belleair Republican Women's Club. She is an associate member of the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society. She has three children, three stepchildren, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Source of income: Salary. Assets: Home, property in Lee County, cars, 401(k). Liabilities: Mortgage, car payment. Polling places Starkey Road Baptist Church 8800 Starkey Road Precincts 254, 256, 266, 275 Seminole United Methodist Church 5400 Seminole Blvd. Precincts 301, 303, 305, 307 Seminole Community Library 9199 113th St. N Precincts 310, 316, 317, 318, 324, 325, 326 Anne Lindberg, Times Staff Writer Local Government,News,Pinellas Meet the Seminole council candidates ALINDBERGN NWE Neigh-Northwest dhvnkh162buv dhvnk Seminole 17 naysemcandidates030908 2008-03-09 05:00:00.0 UTC 2008-03-09T00:00:00.000-05:00 resources/images/dti/2008/03/nal_semkyc030908_a_12693a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2008/03/nal_semkyc030908_a_12693a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2008/03/nal_semkyc030908_a_12693a_8col.jpg resources/images/dti/2008/03/nal_kycsem030908_d_12692a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2008/03/nal_kycsem030908_d_12692a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2008/03/nal_kycsem030908_d_12692a_8col.jpg resources/images/dti/2008/03/nal_semkyc030908_b_12691a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2008/03/nal_semkyc030908_b_12691a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2008/03/nal_semkyc030908_b_12691a_8col.jpg resources/images/dti/2008/03/nal_semkyc030908_c_12690a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2008/03/nal_semkyc030908_c_12690a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2008/03/nal_semkyc030908_c_12690a_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2008/03/08/36187012-meet-the-seminole-council-candidates StaffArticle news,local governmentLocal GovernmentSeminole The jobLocal Government,News,PinellasLocal Government,News,Pinellas<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">ANNE LINDBERG</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2262235 2016-01-21 17:08:42.0 UTC 7 Months Ago four-candidates-compete-for-two-oldsmar-council-seats news/politics/elections Four candidates compete for two Oldsmar council seats StaffArticle 2279731 2016-06-01 00:53:48.0 UTC 3 Months Ago race-for-brooksville-council-seat-draws-second-candidate news/politics/local Race for Brooksville council seat draws second candidate StaffArticle 2271390 2016-03-31 13:58:25.0 UTC 5 Months Ago four-candidates-challenge-two-incumbents-in-new-port-richey-council news/politics/elections Four candidates challenge two incumbents in New Port Richey council election StaffArticle <p></p> <p></p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td><b>Seminole</b><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><b>The job</b></p><p></p><p></p><p>Seminole has a council-manager form of government. The mayor and six council members meet at least twice a month. They set city policy and hire the city manager, city clerk and city attorney. They oversee the city budget. Council members earn a bit more than $5,000 per year and serve three-year terms. The two highest vote-getters will win the open council seats. The election is Tuesday. Seminole has about 18,500 residents.</p></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td><b>The candidates </b></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td><b>John Counts</b><p></p><p> He was born and raised in St. <br /><br /> Petersburg and became a <br /><br /> Seminole resident in 2001 when his<br /><br /> neighborhood was annexed into the<br /><br /> city. He is a graduate of Lakewood <br /><br /> High School in St. Petersburg and<br /><br /> earned a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He and his wife, Cynthia, have a 5-year-old daughter. He is a financial consultant and worked as a bank manager for 13 years. He has served on the Seminole City Council since 2004. He is former president of the Quail Ridge Homeowners Association, a Junior Achievement teacher and past co-chairman of the Seminole Pow Wow Committee. His hobbies include distance running and softball.</p><p><b>Source of income: </b>Work salaries and the City Council. </p><p><b>Assets:</b> Home, stocks, bonds.</p><p><b>Liabilities: </b>Mortgage, loan.</p></td> <td><b>Bob Matthews</b><p></p><p> He<b> </b>was born in Alvarado, Texas, and<br /><br /> moved to Seminole in 1979. He <br /><br /> studied two years of electronics at<br /><br /> Pinellas Vocational Technical <br /><br /> Institute and took electronics courses<br /><br /> at St. Petersburg Junior College. He<br /><br /> retired from Progress Energy in 2002. He and his wife own Seminole Garden Florist and Party Store. He has served on the Seminole City Council since 1990 and serves as the council's representative on the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. He is a member of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren.</p><p><b>Sources of income:</b> Retirement and Seminole Garden Florist.</p><p><b>Assets: </b>Home, business, acreage in Inverness, car and van.</p><p><b>Liabilities:</b> Mortgages.</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><b>Patricia Plantamura</b><p></p><p> She is a former police-officer-turned-<br /><br /> teacher who grew up on a farm near<br /><br /> Lincoln, Neb., and moved to Florida<br /><br /> 18 years ago. She has lived in <br /><br /> Seminole for the past eight years. <br /><br /> She teaches at Sacred Heart School <br /><br /> in Pinellas Park. She is vice president and past treasurer of the Cordova Greens V condominium association and past board member of the Imperial Point Homeowners Association. She is married and has one daughter.</p><p><b>Source of Income: </b>Salary.</p><p><b>Assets:</b> Home, rental property, IRA.</p><p><b>Liabilities:</b> Mortgage, car payment.</p><p><b>Campaign Web site:</b> www.patplant.com</p></td> <td><b>Trina Watkins</b><p></p><p> She was born in Lakewood, N.J., and <br /><br /> graduated from Dixie Hollins High <br /><br /> School and Santa Fe Community <br /><br /> College. She is a territory sales <br /><br /> manager for Home Health <br /><br /> Corporation of America. She attended <br /><br /> the University of Florida and Eckerd College. She is past president of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the St. Petersburg College Community Advisory Board and the American Heart Association Community Board. She is a member of the Pinellas Seminole Women's Club, the Women's Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Gulf Beaches, the Rotary Club, the Seminole Historical Society, Better Living for Seniors and the Belleair Republican Women's Club. She is an associate member of the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society. She has three children, three stepchildren, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.</p><p><b>Source of income:</b> Salary.</p><p><b>Assets: </b>Home, property in Lee County, cars, 401(k).</p><p><b>Liabilities:</b> Mortgage, car payment.</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><b>Polling places</b></td> <td></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <br /> <b>Starkey Road Baptist Church</b> <p></p> <p>8800 Starkey Road</p> <p>Precincts 254, 256, 266, 275</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><b>Seminole United Methodist Church</b></p> <p>5400 Seminole Blvd.</p> <p>Precincts 301, 303, 305, 307</p> <p><b>Seminole Community Library</b></p> <p>9199 113th St. N</p> <p>Precincts 310, 316, 317, 318, 324, 325, 326</p> <p></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:54:17