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Pinellas Park gets new mayor

PINELLAS PARK — Sandy Bradbury became this city's next mayor Tuesday when no one had showed up to run against her by the qualifying deadline.

Incumbent council members Rick Butler and Jerry Mullins also found themselves with no opponents and so won re-election.

But Pinellas Park voters will still have a decision to make come March 13. Patricia Johnson and Edward Kosinski are running to fill Bradbury's unexpired council term. For a while, it appeared Johnson would also be elected without opposition but about six minutes before Tuesday's deadline, Kosinski handed in the last of the signatures necessary to qualify.

"I am very excited to offer my services to our city," Bradbury said.

Bradbury, 47, is the daughter of former longtime Mayor Cecil Bradbury. She was elected to the council in 2002 and said she enjoyed those years and plans to continue the work she began as a council member.

Bradbury has lived in the city since 1968. She is currently serving as vice mayor. Bradbury, who is replacing retiring Mayor Bill Mischler, will take office in March.

Butler, 54, is a lifelong resident of Pinellas Park. A Realtor, he was first elected to the council in 1998. He is the immediate past president of the Suncoast League of Cities and a past president of the Pinellas Park Kiwanis Club and the Pinellas Park Boys and Girls Club. Butler has served as a trustee of Columbia Northside Hospital and the Pinellas Park Equity Study Commission.

Mullins, 59, owner of a concrete pumping business, has lived in the city more than 50 years. He is the newest member of the council, having been elected in 2008. Mullins sits on the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board; chairs the Pinellas Park Community Redevelopment Agency, and is a member of the Homeless Leadership Network and the Kiwanis Club.

This will be the second time Johnson and Kosinski have faced each other in a political race. Both ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2008 in a six-way race that Mullins won.

Johnson, 66, owns Amber Glen Equestrian Center and Amber Glen Feed Depot. She has served on the chamber's equestrian board.

Kosinski, 64, serves on the city's Board of Adjustment and has successfully advocated for greater police protection in his neighborhood.

Pinellas Park has an operating budget of about $49.6 million. It has a council-manager form of government consisting of a mayor and four council members. Council members are responsible for setting policy and passing the budget. A city manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city. Council members serve four-year terms and earn about $16,400 a year. The mayor serves a two-year term and earns about $18,900 a year.

Reach Anne Lindberg at alindberg@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8450.

Pinellas Park gets new mayor 11/26/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 26, 2011 3:30am]
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