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Six candidates will vie for 2 seats

Three candidates, including an incumbent, beat Monday's deadline to beincluded in the race for City Commission in the March 13 election.

Six candidates will seek commission seats 1 and 2. Commission terms are for three years.

Monday was the last day to file for office. Ernest Wm. Bach, who now holds seat 2, announced his intention to seek re-election. Bach, 52, lives at 700 Starkey Road. He is a private investigator.

Bach is active with the Florida and National leagues of cities and is a member of the board of directors of the Suncoast League of Municipalities.

A former city employee, David Kayholm, 2291 East Bay Drive, announced that he will challenge Bach.

Kayholm, 50, formerly worked for the city's Recreation and Parks

Department. According to a file in the city attorney's office, Kayholm was dismissed from his job May 19. Sometime after that, Kayholm sued the city claiming he was not given the total amount of his pension.

Kayholm works for a manufacturing company in Clearwater. He would not comment on the pending lawsuit Monday.

Bach said Monday that he knows Kayholm.

"I helped him with a couple of mobile home problems once," Bach said. "I have no idea why he decided to challenge me."

Kayholm said he is a member of the Federation of Mobile Home Owners (FMO) and is president of the FMO presidents' association of Pinellas County.

Kayholm said he can't recall Bach helping him resolve any problem. "If he did, he did it without notifying me," Kayholm said.

In addition to Kayholm, Jim Pitts, former chairman of the city's Planning and Zoning Board, had qualified earlier to challenge Bach.

Pitts, 55, lives at 7603 Ulmerton Road. He is the Largo district manager for Florida Power Corp. Largo businesswoman Sonja Schultz, 1330 Ninth St. SW, was the other candidate who filed Monday. Schultz, 53, said she will challenge incumbent Scott Henniger for seat 1. Schultz ran unsuccessfully for commission seat 2 three years ago. In that election, Bach defeated her by 455 votes.

Schultz is an insurance agent for Business and Family Insurors on Missouri Avenue and the owner of a janitorial service.

She is a member of the Greater Largo Chamber of Commerce and the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which oversees road work in the county.

Schultz said there was no real reason why she chose to run against Henniger "except I really didn't want to run against Jim Pitts," Schultz said.

Both Schultz and Pitts are on the board of the Greater Largo Chamber of Commerce. But both said they would be running individual campaigns.

Henniger, of 1541 Adele Place, has served two terms on the commission. He is a landscaper who works in St. Petersburg. He is 33.

Duane Runyan, 60, of 1220 Parkview Lane, has also qualified to seek seat 1. He is a banker and a former chairman of the city's Finance Advisory Committee.

Also on the ballot will be four referendum items. Voters will decide whether: Boats, trailers, commercial and recreational vehicles should be banned from parking in front yards and street rights of way.

A tax of 0.18 mills for recreation purposes should be continued. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 of assessed, taxable property.

The city can sell, exchange or lease five acres at the south end of Highland Avenue.

The city can sell, exchange or lease 12 acres south of Hopedale Lane in the Newport subdivision.

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