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Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler, two council members elected without opposition

PINELLAS PARK — Elections will be big news next year, but not in this city, where the mayor and two council members were re-elected when no one had filed to run against them by Thursday's deadline.

Bill Mischler will begin his seventh term as mayor in March. Also re-elected were Ed Taylor and Sandy Bradbury. Mischler earns $17,934 per year as mayor. Taylor and Bradbury are each paid $15,543.

Mischler, 67, said he was not terribly surprised that no contenders emerged to oppose incumbents because there have been few controversies recently, and because he thinks people understand the council is trying to do its best in challenging economic conditions.

"There's not much controversy over anything because there's nothing much you can talk about," Mischler said. "We just try our best to be (good) stewards."

Mischler, who moved to Pinellas Park in 1967, has been involved in city politics for almost four decades. He was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Board in 1971 and served for nine years. For five of those years, he acted as chairman.

He was first elected to the council in 1980 and served until mid 1998, when he resigned to run for mayor after then-Mayor Cecil Bradbury announced his retirement. Mischler was re-elected in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Mischler founded People Helping People of Pinellas Park, a volunteer organization designed to help elderly, disabled or otherwise needy residents with minor property repairs and yard work. He serves on the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute board of directors, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors committees on Transportation and Communications, and Criminal and Social Justice. He is a past president of the MPO and the Pinellas County Council of Mayors. He is vice president of the mayor's council now.

He is retired from Jim Walter Homes, is married, and has one daughter and two grandchildren.

Taylor, 60, was elected to the council in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 and 2006.

He serves on the boards of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and the Pinellas Park Water Management District. He is a past president of the Pinellas Park Historical Society and a member of Celebrate Pinellas Park Inc., the Pinellas Park Art Society, Friends of the Library, Pinellas Park Rotary Club, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart Church.

He owns Taylor Family Funeral Home. He is married and has two sons.

Bradbury, 45, is the daughter of former Mayor Cecil Bradbury. She began her political career in 1999 with an appointment to the city's Board of Adjustment and was elected to the council in 2002 and again in 2006.

She serves on the Pinellas Planning Council.

Bradbury has served as an ambassador for the Pinellas Park/Mid-County Chamber of Commerce, as a mentor to students at Skyview Elementary School, and has helped raise money for the Pinellas Park Police Explorers. She also has volunteered with Community Spirit in the Park.

Bradbury is married and has one son.

Anne Lindberg can be reached at alindberg@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8450.

Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler, two council members elected without opposition 11/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 21, 2009 3:31am]
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