Telling voters they "now have a choice," 55-year-old Gerald Doty is challenging incumbent Cecil Bradbury in this city's mayoral election. Doty said his decision to run in the March 6 election is based largely on the need for some new faces at City Hall.
The length of time the present mayor and council have been in office has caused some stagnation, he said. Bradbury, for example, has been mayor since 1981.
He pledged that one of his first acts as mayor would be to introduce an ordinance to limit the number of terms the mayor and council members may stay in office.
"It seems to be a negative council at the moment _ more of "I the council' than "you the people,'
" Doty said.
Doty has been a resident of Pinellas Park since 1970. He and one of his sons operated an underground utility business until January 1989. Now he's a troubleshooter with Glasbrenner Demolition and Recycling.
"If there's a platform," the candidate said of his campaign, "it'll probably be for a little bit more open-mindedness, a little more understanding, and when it comes to land development, a little more expertise," Doty said.
He said his state certification in underground utilities gives him an edge over Bradbury on questions of land redevelopment and the county's plans to expand the resource recovery plant in the city.
Doty, whose formal education ended with high school graduation, cites 18 years in business as experience that has prepared him for the administrative duties of mayor.
Doty and his wife, Irene, have been married since 1955 and have four children, whose ages range from 18 to 36.