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2 Dunedin commissioners to be elected

There should be good weather for democracy today in Dunedin. Voters will be electing two people to the City Commission, under mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s.

Twelve polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A city official urged that voters bring their voter identification cards, but those aren't required.

Four candidates are vying for two at-large commission seats.

Commissioners Paul Braun and Donald Shaffer are seeking re-election, and Tom Anderson and Michael Feighan also are running.

Jane Gregory, assistant city clerk, declined to predict today's turnout. A commission election in 1987 drew 18 percent of the city's registered voters.

"We'd like to see it higher than that 18 percent," she said.

About 20,000 of the city's 37,000 residents are registered to vote.

Anderson, 57, works part-time as a business consultant. He moved to Dunedin seven years ago after working for the federal government in Washington, D.C. Braun, 38, is owner of Beacon Yacht Sales in Dunedin. He is the city's liaison to the Highland Games Committee and the Dunedin Country Club.

Feighan, 50, is retired from a career in electrical construction.

He served for five years as the city's liaison for the elderly and handicapped.

Shaffer, 60, is purchasing director at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Tarpon Springs. He is the commission's representative to the Pinellas County Tourist Development Council and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

People who are turned away at the polls or need voting information can call the city clerk's office at 738-1842 or the county Supervisor of Elections' office at 462-3551.

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