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Dunedin commissioner to run again

Commissioner Bob Barber plans to run for re-election when his term ends next year. He said he wants to continue the city's policies of controlled growth and would pressure state officials to widen part of Alt. U.S. 19.

Barber, 40, an insurance agent, was reared in Dunedin and is finishing his second three-year term. He supported the recent $2.2-million renovation of Dunedin Stadium, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and urged the commission to keep the city's stormwater utility fee at $3 a month.

"I've been a very positive member of the commission," he said Tuesday. "It takes you a little while to learn the working of city government."

Two former officials have already announced their candidacies. Former Mayor Mary Bonner and former commissioner Don Shaffer said they would run for the two at-large seats that will be filled in the Feb. 12 election.

One of the open places has been occupied by Commissioner Mary Melton, who is resigning her post to run for the mayor's job. Melton will be opposed by incumbent Mayor Manuel Koutsourais.

Qualifying for the election begins Dec. 14 and ends Jan. 8. The mayor is paid $7,560 a year and commissioners are paid $6,300, said Jane Gregory, assistant city clerk.