SEMINOLE — Six candidates have filed to run for two open seats on the City Council.
Incumbents Chris Burke, first elected in 2012, and Trish Springer, elected in 2015, face challenges from former council member Dan Hester, who served from 2005 to 2010; Tom Christy, who is making his ninth run for a council seat; and newcomers Kelly Wissing and Thomas Marrah.
Burke is an officer with the Largo Police Department and a U.S. Army veteran. Springer was a member of the city’s Recreation Advisory Board for eight years and a past president of the Seminole Kiwanis Club.
Hester, a longtime animal rights activist, worked for 30 years in banking and finance. He is a designated expert witness in commercial banking litigation and a frequent attendee at City Council meetings.
Christy served twice on the Tonawanda City, N.Y. council before moving to Seminole in 2005. He was a member of the Seminole Charter Revision Committee in 2009-10.
Wissing is a lifelong resident of Seminole. She is a surgical consultant and the mother of two young daughters. Marrah is a compression operator for a dietary supplement manufacturing company. A U.S. Navy veteran, he has lived in Seminole since 1995 and volunteers at the Seminole Recreation Center.
Neither Wissing nor Marrah have run for public office previously.
The top two vote-getters in the nonpartisan election, scheduled for Nov. 6, will serve three-year terms. City Council members earn $8,200 a year.