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Oldsmar voters will head to polls Tuesday

OLDSMAR — On Tuesday, voters will be asked to decide between two candidates in this year's only contested race for City Council.

Sara Normandeau, 40, who works in medical staffing, and Doug Bevis, 45, a civil engineer and country radio personality, are seeking Seat 3.

The seat, which has a three-year term and an $8,400 annual salary, is currently held by Janice Miller, who's not running because of term limits.

Seat 1 also was up for election, but former Mayor Jerry Beverland, 73, was the only candidate to qualify. He actually started his duties shortly after being appointed Jan. 6 to replace Greg Rublee, who resigned Dec. 31 to move to New Zealand.

Voters also will decide on a charter amendment.

"The 2007/08 Oldsmar Charter Committee made a recommendation to the Oldsmar City Council to appoint a committee every five years instead of the current three years,'' said Lisa Lene, Oldsmar city clerk.

"It was felt the charter doesn't need to be reviewed that often. If the need arises to review or change the charter, the City Council can appoint the committee at any time or they also have the option to bring forward any changes to the voters.''

In addition, there is a mail ballot that could expand the city. Last month, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections sent ballots to all registered voters in East Lake Woodlands asking them to vote on whether the unincorporated area should be annexed into Oldsmar.

According to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, 5,709 ballots were sent out, and, as of Thursday, 3,095, or 54 percent, had been returned.

If you live in the area and want your ballot to count, it must be received by the Supervisor of Elections offices by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Results are scheduled to be announced that night.

Of Oldsmar's 13,959 residents, there are 9,215 registered voters. In the last election in 2007, 14 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

Those heading to the polls Tuesday should look at the following polling places information carefully as there have been some recent changes.

• Precincts 626, 627 and 631 are at the Gull Aire Village clubhouse, 151B Gull Aire Blvd.

• Precincts 629 and 647 are at the Oldsmar Fire Station at 225 Pine Ave. N.

• Precinct 630 is at the Oldsmar Public Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive E.

Eileen Schulte can be reached at schulte@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4153.

Fast facts

The election

Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Oldsmar voters will head to polls Tuesday 03/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 5, 2009 10:50pm]
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