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See who wants the reins in Pinellas Park

For mayor For council Seat 3
Jan Macumber

60, is a California native who moved

to Pinellas Park four years ago after

living in St. Petersburg for about 12

years. Before moving to Florida, she

worked in advertising and media. She

is a Realtor with Charles Rutenberg

Realty. She is a former member of the Temple City (Calif.) Beautification Board and that city's equivalent of Pinellas Park's Board of Adjustment. She has volunteered for 15 years with the AARP's tax counseling program. She takes part in the annual beach cleanup sponsored by Keep Pinellas Beautiful. She is a member of the World Wildlife Fund, the National Wildlife Fund, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters, the Pinellas Realtors Association and the Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee. She is vice chairwoman of District 53 for the Democratic Executive Committee. She is single.

Source of income: Realtor's fees.

Assets: House, car, bank account.

Liabilities: Mortgage, car payment, credit cards.

E-mail: jan4mayor@yahoo.com

Rick Butler

incumbent

50, was born and raised in Pinellas

Park, where he is a self-employed

Realtor. He has served on the City

Council since 1998. He is a member

of the Pinellas Park/Gateway

Chamber of Commerce, the

Pinellas Park Kiwanis Club, the Pinellas Park Boys/Girls Clubs and Country in the Park. He has served as president or chairman of each group. He is a member of Celebrate Pinellas Park and the Pinellas Park Art Society. He is a former member of the board of trustees of First Baptist Church of Pinellas Park. He is also a graduate of the first class of the Pinellas Park Citizens Police Academy. He received the PACE award for outstanding government service in 2007 from Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services. He is married and has one son.

Sources of income: Rick Butler Real Estate, council salary.

Assets: Home; office building, truck, motorcycles, scooters.

Liabilities: Mortgages and unpaid real estate taxes for 2005, 2006 and 2007 on his office building.

Endorsements: Pinellas Park AFSCME, firefighters and police unions.

Bill Mischler

incumbent

66, was born in New Brunswick, N.J.,

and moved to Pinellas Park in 1967.

He has training in computers from

IBM Computer Technology in

Philadelphia, Pinellas County Adult

Education and St. Petersburg

College. He is the former lead computer operator at Columbia Broadcasting System Educational Division in Princeton, N.J., and retired after 34 years as lead systems analyst with Jim Walter Computer Services in Tampa. He served as a member of the Pinellas Park Planning and Zoning Commission for nine years, five of them as chairman, the Pinellas Park Housing Authority and the Pinellas Park Civil Trial Commission. He was first elected to the City Council in 1980 and became mayor in 1998. He represents Pinellas Park on the Metropolitan Planning Organization and is a past chairman of that group. He is past president of the Pinellas County Mayors Council. He is a member of the community advisory board for Clothes-to-Kids, Inc. He served on the Pinellas County Drug Paraphernalia Task Force and is on the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute board of directors. He founded People Helping People. He is a member of Pinellas Park Wesleyan Church. He is married and has one daughter and two grandchildren.

Sources of income: Pension, mayor's salary, dividends.

Assets: Home, automobiles, stocks, certificates of deposit.

Liabilities: None.

Endorsements: Pinellas County Realtors Organization, Pinellas Park firefighters union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Marshall Avert Cook Jr.

61, was born in Alexandria, Va., and

moved to Pinellas Park in the mid

1970s. He is a high school

graduate and attended aircraft

maintenance schools, mechanic

schools and seminars, and received

military training. He is retired and is a former Pinellas Park city employee, business owner and mechanic. He is a member of the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee, the Pinellas Park equestrian board and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board. He is a past Cub Scoutmaster and former member of the Pinellas Park parade committee and of Community Spirit in the Park. He held the offices of steward, chief steward and acting president of the union for Pinellas Park public works employees. He is a disabled veteran. He is married and has one son, one grandchild and one stepgrandchild.

Sources of income: Military disability pay, Social Security.

Assets: Home, car.

Liabilities: Mortgage.



For council Seat 4
Mary Brennan

53, is a former member of the state House of Representatives. She has

worked as a long-term-care consultant and public relations consultant. She has

served as resource development coordinator for Gulf Coast Jewish Family

Services; associate planner of the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas,

deputy director of the Pinellas Park/Mid-County Chamber of Commerce (now

the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce); director of community

development for Florida Institute of Mental Health, University of South Florida/Department of Aging and Mental Health; and interim director and development director for Girls Inc. of Pinellas. Other jobs have included stints at the St. Petersburg Times and Pinellas Park Post. She is a former public information officer for Pinellas Park. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. She has served on the boards of Girls Inc. of Pinellas, Habitat for Humanity, St. Giles Manor, Family Services Center and Boley Centers for Behavioral Health.

Source of income: Consulting business, pension.

Assets: Home, car.

Liabilities: Mortgage.

Endorsements: Vacating council member Patricia Bailey-Snook, former Pinellas Park police Chief David Milchan, former Pinellas Park fire Chief Ken Cramer, Pinellas County School Board member Linda Lerner.

E-mail address: mary_brennan43@msn.com

Background issues: Brennan served in the state House from 1990 to 1998, when she resigned to run unsuccessfully for state Senate. She tried to regain her House seat in 2000 but was derailed when, days before the election, she disclosed that she suffered from clinical depression. A reporter had questioned why she had missed multiple meetings of an advocates council for elderly nursing home residents and allowed cases to languish for months. Brennan says the illness would not affect her service on the council and that she has not had a recurrence since she was diagnosed in 2000. "While I have suffered from depression in the past, I'm not currently. I take an antidepressant and everything's on an even keel," she said.

Brennan has not lived in Pinellas Park for the past four years, an apparent violation of the city's residency requirement for office holding. She said her home is being revamped and that she intends to live in the city when the repairs are complete. Late last year, Brennan said she'd be back in by January. But five days before the March election, the water was still off and no certificate of occupancy had been issued. Brennan says the kitchen sink and bathroom flooring must be installed before she can move back in.

Randy Heine

56, was born in New Britain, Conn. He moved to Pinellas Park in July 1969. He is

a 1970 graduate of Northeast High School and has an associate's degree from

St. Petersburg Junior College and a bachelor's degree from the University of

Florida. He is president of Self-Service Storage of Florida. He is a state-certified

building contractor and a building inspector. He is also a licensed real estate

broker. He is a member of the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce,

the Pinellas Park Historical Society, the St. Petersburg College Alumni Association and the University of Florida Alumni Association. He was nominated in 2004 for retailer of the year by the Florida Retail Federation, is past director of the St. Petersburg Jaycees, president of Citizens for Pinellas Park's Future, Precinct 173 committeeman, and former coordinator of state House District 53 for the Democratic Party. He is divorced.

Sources of income: Real estate and business investments.

Assets: Real estate, stocks, IRA and certificates of deposit.

Liabilities: Mortgage on business property.

E-mail: randyheine@msn.com

Background issues: In 1998 and 2000, Heine was arrested and charged with numerous crimes ranging from possession of marijuana to possession of drug paraphernalia. But the charges were all dropped.

"They illegally seized the property and (the judge) ordered everything (returned to me) and one of the deputies was fired from the Sheriff's Department and the other one was reprimanded, not because of my case but because of similar ones," Heine said. The deputies, he said, had lied in other cases, so the judge dismissed the charges against him. Heine sued the county but lost because, he said, "they outlawyered me."

Heine has also faced repeated battles over his Park Boulevard store, Rockin Cards and Gifts, which was put on a list of "head shops" that was developed by the Pinellas County Drug Paraphernalia Task Force. Heine says he does not sell drug paraphernalia or anything illegal, only the type of items the judge returned to him in 1998 and 2000. Heine points out that Mischler, an old political foe, was on the task force.

"It's political," Heine said. "I don't know how they arrive at this list. I only sell what the county gave back to me. ... I'm more like a Spencer's Gift Shop, but a little more R-rated. ... This list is like a list from the McCarthy era. ... I don't know what to take out of the store to make them happy."

Jerry A. Mullins

56, has lived in Pinellas Park since the 1960s. He owns Mullins

Enterprises. He is a lifetime member and current president of

the Pinellas Park Historical Society. He is a member of the

Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce and the

Pinellas Park Dance Committee. He is a member and former

vice president of the Thunderbirds Football Team/League. He

was named Pinellas Park Citizen of the Year in 2005 and that same year was named a city ambassador. He has donated time and/or money to community groups, including Going the Distance Youth Ministries, Pinellas Park Youth Football, Little Home Town Soldiers, Pinellas Park Thunderbirds, Pinellas Park police motorcycle unit, Pinellas Park Police Explorers/Police Alumni and People Helping People. He is married and has five children, two grandchildren and a third on the way.

Source of income: Mullins Enterprises.

Assets: Real estate, cars, trucks and business.

Liabilities: Mortgage.

Campaign Web site: jerrymullinsforcouncil.com

Endorsements: Pinellas Park Firefighters Union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and Pinellas Park council member Rick Butler. He has the support of the Pinellas Park Dance Reunion and the Pinellas Park Thunderbirds.

Background information: He was arrested in 1989 and charged with possession of cocaine and grand theft. The charges were dropped. Mullins said he bought two Waverunners and found out later they were stolen. When the judge heard his story, the charges were dismissed, he said. He was charged with domestic battery in 1992 after a dispute with a girlfriend. Those charges were also dropped. Mullins was arrested in 1994 and 1996 and charged with DUI. He was convicted of one of those charges, and the other was reduced to reckless driving. Mullins also declared bankruptcy in 1992.

Mullins addressed his past problems on his campaign Web site: "My struggles were self-inflicted, and I take full responsibility for my mistakes. I learned a lot of things the hard way, and I stand before you today a humbled, honest and wiser person. ... I own up to my past mistakes and I have learned from them. I am extremely proud of the way I turned my life back in the right direction, and what I have done for our community since then."

Patricia F. Johnson

62, was born in North Carolina and grew up in St. Pete Beach. She first moved to

Pinellas Park in 1982, then briefly 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 Police Department's Volunteer Mounted Unit and the board of directors of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. She volunteers with Pinellas County TRIAD, SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) and Seniors vs. Crime. She received a bronze award from President Bush in 2006 for volunteer service. 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 Web site: pattiforcouncil.com

Endorsements: Pinellas Park branch of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Eddie Kosinski

60, moved to St. Petersburg in 1967 and to Pinellas Park in 1968. He owns

Eddie's Tractor Service. He is a member of the Board of Adjustment, the

Pinellas Park/Gateway Center Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors of

Community Spirit in the Park, and the NRA and is an elder at Good Samaritan

Church. He is a graduate of the city's APPLE program and serves as president

of the APPLE 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 is a former member of the Civil Air Patrol, where he attained the rank of lieutenant operations officer. He volunteers with People Helping People. 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 Web site: eddiekosinski.com

Background information: Declared bankruptcy in 1992 because of problems with a business partner. Kosinski said it was Chapter 13 reorganization to protect him from his partner's debts. He said he has paid back all his creditors.

Patricia Massey Macfarlane

53, was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Pinellas Park for

the first time when she was 3. Her family moved to St.

Petersburg when she was 13. She moved back to Pinellas Park

about 10 years ago. She is a professional photographer and

runs a horse boarding stable. She serves on the Pinellas Park

Equestrian Board and was vice chairwoman for 2½ years. She

is a graduate of the Pinellas Park Citizens Police Academy and is one of the original members of the Pinellas Park Police Posse. She is a member of the Christian Coalition and Pathways Community Church. She is a member of the Florida Professional Photographers Association, the Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association, the U.S. Dressage Federation, the American Quarter Horse Association and the American Paint Horse Association. She has donated photography to the Rough Riders program for handicapped children, the Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County and Pathways Community Church. She is married and has three children.

Source of income: Photography and boarding stable.

Assets: Real estate, horses, cars, trucks, stocks.

Liabilities: Unpaid property taxes from 2006 and 2007, mortgage, credit cards.

See who wants the reins in Pinellas Park 03/08/08 [Last modified: Saturday, March 8, 2008 5:01am]
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