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St. Petersburg District 4 City Council race

District 4 City Council race

Art gallery owner Leslie Curran faces Pamella Settlegoode, a retired teacher, for the district that represents neighborhoods north of downtown.

Experience Education Three biggest issues Rays stadium Crime Consolidation of services
Leslie Curran, 53

Assets: Home, investments, business Liabilities: Mortgage Net worth: $165,000 Income: Personal business income, council salary Fundraising to date $8,175

Web site: electlesliecurran.com

Curran, a St. Petersburg native, has served 12 years on the City Council. She owns Interior Motives art gallery and design business. Founding member of Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association and First Night St. Petersburg. Served on boards of Boley Center for Behavioral Health Care, the Arts Advisory Commission, the Public Arts Commission and the Florida League of Cities. Attended Eckerd College and parochial schools in St. Petersburg. Public safety, the economy and housing. Advocates a new stadium on the parking lot of current site, leaving the current dome area for redevelopment. But, "I think that we need to make sure that there is public input, and that if any public financing is involved, that we take it to a vote." Police need to be more visible, especially downtown. Would focus on crime watches. "I think we've got one of the best police departments anywhere. We're not only accredited, we are a flagship agency. I do believe, however, that especially now, individuals need to get more involved with crime watches, and more crime watches need to be established." Thinks it's always worth examining, and depends on the service and whether consolidation is cost effective. "For years, I've had to explain the redundancy as to why one of our paramedic and fire rescue cars go to a call and are followed by Sunstar. I think it's time the communities work together."
Pamella Settlegoode, 60

Assets: Home, property in Oregon, investments. Liabilities: Sallie Mae loan Net worth: $853,222 Income: Rental property, CDs Fundraising to date: $1,947

E-mail: settlegoode4citycouncil@gmail.com

A fifth generation St. Petersburg resident, Settlegoode is writing a book about ethics and education. The former teacher and motor specialist for Portland Public Schools was awarded $1 million in 2004 after a jury found the district had violated her civil rights by not renewing her contract after she aired concerns that special education students were being discriminated against. Served on the board of Women in Higher Education and was president of a historic neighborhood association in Portland. Bachelor of science in physical education from the University of Tampa, master's in education from Portland State University, doctor of philosophy in education from the University of Oregon. Crime, business closures and education. Says the team leaving the city is out of the question, but money and taxpayer willingness to build a new stadium is not there either. Suggests updating the current stadium. "There can be compromises on both sides. … I would do everything I can do to try and get them to stay." Proposes increasing the police force within the budget, eliminating ordinances that are no longer useful, finding a balance between community and district policing, emphasizing neighborhood watch programs and offering job training opportunities for youth so they stay out of trouble. "What I envision is a program that tackles crime on all fronts." Suggests a cost/benefit analysis to see what services could be merged. "I think it's common sense. I think consolidation, if it's done right, saves money, time and manpower."
Experience Education Three biggest issues Rays stadium Crime Consolidation of services
Leslie Curran, 53

Assets: Home, investments, business Liabilities: Mortgage Net worth: $165,000 Income: Personal business income, council salary Fundraising to date $8,175

Web site: electlesliecurran.com

Curran, a St. Petersburg native, has served 12 years on the City Council. She owns Interior Motives art gallery and design business. Founding member of Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association and First Night St. Petersburg. Served on boards of Boley Center for Behavioral Health Care, the Arts Advisory Commission, the Public Arts Commission and the Florida League of Cities. Attended Eckerd College and parochial schools in St. Petersburg. Public safety, the economy and housing. Advocates a new stadium on the parking lot of current site, leaving the current dome area for redevelopment. But, "I think that we need to make sure that there is public input, and that if any public financing is involved, that we take it to a vote." Police need to be more visible, especially downtown. Would focus on crime watches. "I think we've got one of the best police departments anywhere. We're not only accredited, we are a flagship agency. I do believe, however, that especially now, individuals need to get more involved with crime watches, and more crime watches need to be established." Thinks it's always worth examining, and depends on the service and whether consolidation is cost effective. "For years, I've had to explain the redundancy as to why one of our paramedic and fire rescue cars go to a call and are followed by Sunstar. I think it's time the communities work together."
Pamella Settlegoode, 60

Assets: Home, property in Oregon, investments. Liabilities: Sallie Mae loan Net worth: $853,222 Income: Rental property, CDs Fundraising to date: $1,947

E-mail: settlegoode4citycouncil@gmail.com

A fifth generation St. Petersburg resident, Settlegoode is writing a book about ethics and education. The former teacher and motor specialist for Portland Public Schools was awarded $1 million in 2004 after a jury found the district had violated her civil rights by not renewing her contract after she aired concerns that special education students were being discriminated against. Served on the board of Women in Higher Education and was president of a historic neighborhood association in Portland. Bachelor of science in physical education from the University of Tampa, master's in education from Portland State University, doctor of philosophy in education from the University of Oregon. Crime, business closures and education. Says the team leaving the city is out of the question, but money and taxpayer willingness to build a new stadium is not there either. Suggests updating the current stadium. "There can be compromises on both sides. … I would do everything I can do to try and get them to stay." Proposes increasing the police force within the budget, eliminating ordinances that are no longer useful, finding a balance between community and district policing, emphasizing neighborhood watch programs and offering job training opportunities for youth so they stay out of trouble. "What I envision is a program that tackles crime on all fronts." Suggests a cost/benefit analysis to see what services could be merged. "I think it's common sense. I think consolidation, if it's done right, saves money, time and manpower."

St. Petersburg District 4 City Council race 10/10/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 10, 2009 4:31am]
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