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Man again trying to unseat Madeira Beach incumbent

Published Oct. 16, 2005

Paul T. O'Connor is trying to do what he couldn't do in 1988: Defeatincumbent Arnold Alloway.

"I don't believe anybody should run unopposed," O'Connor said. "He only beat me by about 30 votes last time, so I thought I'd give it another shot."

The final tally in the 1988 contest to represent District 1 was 669 votes for Alloway and 602 for O'Connor. Voters will pick again March 13.

"The quality of life in the district here hasn't changed any (since 1988)," O'Connor said.

O'Connor, 61, said he opposes "carnival-type amusement parks" that he fears could turn Madeira Beach into another Walt Disney World.

Plus, he said some parts of Madeira Beach should be fixed up.

"Madeira Beach has some blighted areas," he said. "It's not a Treasure Island, and we need to get into those neighborhoods with a

beautification program and clean it up a little bit."

O'Connor also said he's concerned about the city's budget.

"Madeira Beach has a history of every time they get a little money ahead they have to find a place to spend it," he said. "There is a lot of fat to be cut in Madeira Beach in the different departments."

O'Connor, a former police officer from Toledo, Ohio, is the owner of a window company and the manager of a building products store. He moved to Madeira Beach 14 years ago.

He and his wife, Nancy, have five grown children.