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Three seek council seats, two the mayor's in Kenneth City

Kenneth City | Mayor, Council
The Jobs
Kenneth City has a council-as-manager form of government in which each of four council members has immediate oversight of the day-to-day operations of a town department. The mayor has charge of the day-to-day operations of the town. The mayor serves a three-year term and earns $500 a month. Council members serve two-year terms and earn $300 a month. They meet at least once a month. Kenneth City has about 4,600 residents.
The Candidates for Mayor
Muriel Whitman

Whitman is 83. She was born in New York City and grew up in the Panama Canal Zone. She moved to Florida in 1954 and to Kenneth City in 1956. She attended business school for two years while in Panama and has taken business courses by mail. She has worked for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, Gulf Cities Gas and for Tupperware. She has served on the Kenneth City Council since 2002; three of those years she was vice mayor, and she has served as mayor for the past three years. She is a member of the Kenneth City Women's Club and the Kenneth City Homeowners Association. She is past president of the Kenneth City Homeowners Association, and served on the board of adjustment, the capital improvements board and the planning and zoning board. She is married and has three children.

Sources of Income: Social Security, salary as mayor.

Assets: House, car.

Debts: None.

Teresa Zemaitis

Zemaitis is 40. She is a native of Queens, N.Y., and moved to Kenneth City in 1996. She has a bachelor's degree in literature from Eckerd College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She has been a legal secretary and a managing editor of a community newspaper, and she teaches 10th-grade reading at Dixie Hollins High School. She served on the Kenneth City Town Council from 2001 to 2007.

Source of Income: Salary.

Assets: House, car.

Debts: Mortgage.

Web site: zemaitisformayor.webs.com.

The Candidates for Council
Harold Jividen

Jividen is 80. He is a native of West Virginia and moved to Kenneth City in 1963. He graduated from high school in West Virginia. He has worked at McDonnell Douglas and is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He is a member of the Masons, the Scottish Rite Temple, the Shrine in Tampa, the Disabled American Veterans and the American Postal Workers Union. He has served on the council since 2007. He is married and has three children and six grandchildren.

Sources of Income: Retirement, Social Security and council salary.

Assets: Home, car.

Debts: None.

Allen Schopp

Schopp, 60, moved to Kenneth City 17 years ago from Illinois. He is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He has worked as a certified paramedic, a volunteer police officer and a firefighter. He is retired from the military. He owns and operates Gulf Coast Marketing LLC and the Dartman LLC. He is married and has a daughter serving in Iraq.

Sources of Income: Retirement and businesses

Assets: None

Debts: Bank loans.

Ron Sneed

Sneed is 49. He is a native of Battle Creek, Mich., and moved to the area in 1982 and to Kenneth City in 1993. He attended Kellogg Community College in Michigan and is a licensed remodeling contractor. He coaches kids' soccer and owns Residential Remodeling Solutions Inc. He is a member of Warehouse 727 Church in St. Petersburg. He is married and has two children.

Source of Income: Residential Remodeling Solutions Inc.

Assets: Home, car, business.

Debts: Mortgage.

Polling Places
Precinct 261 — Clearview Oaks, southeast corner of 40th Avenue N and 58th Street

Precinct 264 — Kenneth City Community Hall, northwest corner of 46th Avenue N and 58th Street

Kenneth City | Mayor, Council
The Jobs
Kenneth City has a council-as-manager form of government in which each of four council members has immediate oversight of the day-to-day operations of a town department. The mayor has charge of the day-to-day operations of the town. The mayor serves a three-year term and earns $500 a month. Council members serve two-year terms and earn $300 a month. They meet at least once a month. Kenneth City has about 4,600 residents.
The Candidates for Mayor
Muriel Whitman

Whitman is 83. She was born in New York City and grew up in the Panama Canal Zone. She moved to Florida in 1954 and to Kenneth City in 1956. She attended business school for two years while in Panama and has taken business courses by mail. She has worked for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, Gulf Cities Gas and for Tupperware. She has served on the Kenneth City Council since 2002; three of those years she was vice mayor, and she has served as mayor for the past three years. She is a member of the Kenneth City Women's Club and the Kenneth City Homeowners Association. She is past president of the Kenneth City Homeowners Association, and served on the board of adjustment, the capital improvements board and the planning and zoning board. She is married and has three children.

Sources of Income: Social Security, salary as mayor.

Assets: House, car.

Debts: None.

Teresa Zemaitis

Zemaitis is 40. She is a native of Queens, N.Y., and moved to Kenneth City in 1996. She has a bachelor's degree in literature from Eckerd College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She has been a legal secretary and a managing editor of a community newspaper, and she teaches 10th-grade reading at Dixie Hollins High School. She served on the Kenneth City Town Council from 2001 to 2007.

Source of Income: Salary.

Assets: House, car.

Debts: Mortgage.

Web site: zemaitisformayor.webs.com.

The Candidates for Council
Harold Jividen

Jividen is 80. He is a native of West Virginia and moved to Kenneth City in 1963. He graduated from high school in West Virginia. He has worked at McDonnell Douglas and is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He is a member of the Masons, the Scottish Rite Temple, the Shrine in Tampa, the Disabled American Veterans and the American Postal Workers Union. He has served on the council since 2007. He is married and has three children and six grandchildren.

Sources of Income: Retirement, Social Security and council salary.

Assets: Home, car.

Debts: None.

Allen Schopp

Schopp, 60, moved to Kenneth City 17 years ago from Illinois. He is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He has worked as a certified paramedic, a volunteer police officer and a firefighter. He is retired from the military. He owns and operates Gulf Coast Marketing LLC and the Dartman LLC. He is married and has a daughter serving in Iraq.

Sources of Income: Retirement and businesses

Assets: None

Debts: Bank loans.

Ron Sneed

Sneed is 49. He is a native of Battle Creek, Mich., and moved to the area in 1982 and to Kenneth City in 1993. He attended Kellogg Community College in Michigan and is a licensed remodeling contractor. He coaches kids' soccer and owns Residential Remodeling Solutions Inc. He is a member of Warehouse 727 Church in St. Petersburg. He is married and has two children.

Source of Income: Residential Remodeling Solutions Inc.

Assets: Home, car, business.

Debts: Mortgage.

Polling Places
Precinct 261 — Clearview Oaks, southeast corner of 40th Avenue N and 58th Street

Precinct 264 — Kenneth City Community Hall, northwest corner of 46th Avenue N and 58th Street

Three seek council seats, two the mayor's in Kenneth City 03/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 9, 2009 2:32pm]
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