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Dunedin voters oust 1 of two incumbents

Published Oct. 16, 2005

DUNEDIN - Voters ousted one incumbent Tuesday in favor of veteran city volunteer Tom Anderson. Anderson and Commissioner Paul Braun were victors in a race for two at-large commission seats.

Anderson won 3,016 votes, or 35.2 percent. Braun won 2,450, or 28.6 percent.

The pair defeated incumbent Donald Shaffer and the city's former liaison for the elderly and the handicapped, Michael Feighan.

Shaffer won 2,003 votes, or 23.4 percent. Feighan had 734 votes, or 8.6 percent.

Election totals were not final Tuesday night because about 160 absentee ballots are to be counted today.

Anderson, a former manager in the federal departments of defense and energy, led in all but one of the city's 12 precincts.

"I just want to tell people that hard work counts," he said after the votes were tallied.

Braun ran a campaign based on his commitment to investigating problems and his availability to residents. He thanked his campaign supporters Tuesday night and said he would continue to be an advocate for residents.

Shaffer let experience be his guide. Running for his third term, he used no campaign signs.

"Many people told me that was a mistake, but I didn't listen," Shaffer said Tuesday.

Election issues included the $3 monthly stormwater drainage fee, handicapped access to Grant Field, the formation of a library foundation and finding a tenant for the former Trinity College site.

Voter turnout totaled 20.6 percent, a little more than the 18.9 percent turnout in a 1987 commission election. A mayoral election in 1988 brought out 38.5 percent of the voters.

The elected officials will start their three-year terms in March.