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6th candidate makes bid in New Port Richey

The city's former public works director has joined the growing ranks of City Council candidates this year. Nelson Vogel, 60, filed papers Tuesday to begin raising money for his bid for a council seat. Vogel said he thinks his work with the city would be valuable to the council.

"I think with my past experience I know what is best for the city in a lot of areas," he said.

Vogel is the sixth candidate to file papers to begin raising money.

Candidates cannot officially file until Feb. 27. The election is April 10.

Vogel worked in the city's public works department for 28 years, 18 of those as its head. He also has served twice as interim city manager, most recently before the city hired Gerald Seeber. Vogel now is a member of the Board Appeals and Adjustment.

This is his first city council race in Florida, but city politics are not new to Vogel. He served four years on a city council in his native Pennsylvania.

Vogel plans to run for council member Peter Altman's unfinished term. Altman resigned his seat at a council meeting last week because of his plans to run for mayor.

"I thought I would ease into (city politics) and see if I like it," Vogel said about running for Altman's seat.

Vogel said he has no specific agenda for the city; he wants it to stay on its current path. He agrees with the city's emphasis on handling growth and improving the quality of life.

"I think we're going in the right direction," Vogel said.

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