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Largo City Commission | Seat 4

Former commission candidate Robert Hunsicker and political newcomer James Robinson are running for the seat vacated by Commissioner Gigi Arntzen, who opted not to run for re-election after two terms in City Hall. Will Hobson, Times staff writer

Robert Hunsicker, 69

Semi-retired electrical engineer

James Robinson, 35

Manager, Largo Feed & Pet Supply

Nonpartisan
Hunsicker regularly attends commission meetings and criticizes city spending. He wants to privatize the Largo Golf Course, hire more police officers and firefighters, and extend hours at the Largo Public Library and Southwest Pool. To pay for those changes, he suggests cuts to other departments and exploring sponsorships for city buildings. He ran unsuccessfully against Commissioner Harriet Crozier in 2010.Experience Robinson was born near Detroit, but moved to Largo as an infant. A 1995 graduate of Largo High , he has worked at Largo Feed since 1994, and wants to bring his managerial experience to City Hall. He doesn't disagree with much the current City Commission has done, but he would like to replace the three firefighter positions lost during this year's budget cuts.
Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Indiana Institute of TechnologyEducationLargo High School
Meet with Shirley Frick (Largo secretary) for orientation.If elected, what would your first priority be?I would like to try and bring the staffing levels in the fire and police departments back to proper levels.
I would need to study the legal and cost data before rendering an opinion.Are you in favor of or opposed to a domestic partnership registry in Largo?I am in favor of the proposed registry.
Modify the sign ordinance. Assign an ombudsman to guide each new Largo business through the maze of rules and regulations. What can City Hall do to prompt economic growth in Largo?I think that the city needs to do a better job of promoting itself. Let people know what you have and why they should bring their business to Largo.
Education and experience — Seven years on Largo's Planning Board. Elected and re-elected to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Civil Service Review Board.What is the biggest difference between you and your opponent? What makes you better for the job?I believe that there needs to be a balance of all of the departments in the city. I think that I would be better because I am completely enveloped in this city, and I want to help make it as great of a community for my family growing up as it was for me growing up here.
Home, cars, boat, mutual funds, stocks and CDsAssetsHome, car
NoneLiabilitiesMortgage, car loan
Social SecurityIncomePay from Largo Feed & Pet Supply
Married with three adult childrenPersonalMarried with two daughters
hunsicker4largo.comWebsiterobinsonforlargo-com.webs.com
hunsicker4largo@gmail.comEmailhossfishing@yahoo.com

About the job: City Commission seats are elected citywide and races are nonpartisan. Commissioners serve a four-year term and are paid $13,125 a year.

Largo City Commission Seat 4: Robert Hunsicker, James Robinson, nonpartisan

Former commission candidate Robert Hunsicker and political newcomer James Robinson are running for the seat vacated by Commissioner Gigi Arntzen, who opted not to run for re-election after two terms in City Hall.

Largo City Commission Seat 4: Robert Hunsicker, James Robinson, nonpartisan 10/17/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 3:24pm]
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