Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Woody Brown becomes Largo's new mayor

LARGO — Woody Brown became the city's next mayor Friday when no one stepped up to run against him.

Brown said he was pleased and believes exciting times are ahead for the city.

"I just want to do what's right for people," Brown said. One of his goals, he said, is to have a set time in City Hall each week for people who want to talk to him.

He decided to run for mayor when the current officeholder, Pat Gerard, ran for the Pinellas County Commission.

Largo also has a new commissioner. Former Largo police Chief John Carroll was elected without opposition. He will fill the seat Brown vacated to run for mayor.

"My initial reaction is it was nice not to have to campaign against somebody," Carroll said.

Voters will still go to the polls to choose commissioners to fill at least two other seats. Incumbent Michael Smith, a librarian, is running for a second term in Seat 1. He's being challenged by Bronson Oudshoff, making his first run.

Two political newcomers are running for Seat 2, which came open when Robert Murray decided not to seek re-election. Samantha Fenger is a former community outreach coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County. She has served on Largo's Community Development Advisory Board. Daniel Ruffner is a vice president at BB&T Bank and a member of the Code Enforcement Board.

The race for Seat 5, the remaining available position on the seven-member commission is uncertain. Incumbent Harriet Crozier is running again. Donna Holck, owner of DJH Tax Consulting, has turned in the necessary paperwork needed to qualify. But Holck turned in her information so close to the 5 p.m. deadline that officials will have to wait until Monday to determine if she has qualified.

Brown is a native of Pennsylvania who graduated from Largo High. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Central Florida and a doctor of chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Ga.

He was first elected to the commission in 2007 and re-elected in 2010. He is currently serving as vice mayor.

He owns Main Street Chiropractic and is a member of the board of directors of the Pinellas County Chiropractic Society. He is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. He is a member of the Largo Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and the Clearwater Jazz Force. He is past president of the Rotary Club of Largo. He is past chair of the Largo recreation parks and arts advisory board and is secretary-treasurer of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.

Brown is married and has two sons.

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