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Meet the Seminole council candidates


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.

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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

Meet the Seminole council candidates 03/08/08 [Last modified: Saturday, March 8, 2008 5:01am]
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