Marvin Frederich thinks this city needs better leadership, and he thinks he can provide it. So Frederich has joined the three-way race for mayor that includes two-year incumbent Hugh Lamont and Robert Spaeth. The city election will be March 13.
"To be a leader, you have to be able to bring people together," Frederich said. "Then you have to be able to manage people to get the job done."
Frederich, 57, is a self-employed real estate broker and property manager who has lived in Madeira Beach for four years. He previously lived in Seminole and Bloomington, Ill. "I've been following the Madeira Beach political scene for four years on a regular basis, and just in the last two years I haven't liked the direction things have been going," he said.
Frederich said he is concerned that the city has been misspending money.
"They're spending money for luxuries and not looking after a lot of the necessities," he said, adding that more funds should go to city beautification.
City leaders, he said, "are just holding their own. I haven't seen anything new that was accomplished in the past two years."
Also, Frederich said he would encourage more citizen involvement and push for City Commission work sessions to be scheduled at night.
Frederich and his wife, Nancy, have seven adult children.