Saranan Lauck thinks it's time for a change in District 1, where theincumbent has served off and on for 22 years.
"I've been thinking of this for three years but had the feeling you should not run just to give somebody an opponent," Lauck said. "You have to have a better reason, and I think these ideas that I've been thinking of over the years are ones that will make the district better."
Lauck, 49, is challenging incumbent Stanley Cidlowski Sr. for the job. The election is March 6.
"If you could describe my campaign in one word, it would be
communication," said Lauck, who coordinates Florida Power's speakers bureau.
Lauck said she wants to help revive the District 1 civic association and encourage city commissioners to have televised roundtable discussions, possibly monthly, during which residents could call in questions.
In addition, Lauck said she cares about beautification and beach
"Upham Beach, I think, is a problem with us," she said. "I think rather than just going in and restoring the area, we need to find out why it's eroding. We just throw the sand in, and it washes out."
Commissioners should do more than maintain the city's status quo, she said. "That'e one of the reasons I think we need a change in the district."
Lauck said she grew up in St. Petersburg, moved away to Wisconsin, then returned to St. Petersburg Beach in 1974. She and her husband, Ted, have four grown daughters.