Two incumbents are running to keep their seats on the commission that oversees the Palm Harbor Special Fire Control District. In the race for seat 2, Commissioner Lewis U. Green Jr. faces Jay Campbell Jr. The race for seat 3 pits Commissioner Leon A. Doyen against Irene Rausch.
Green, 66, is completing his first four-year term on the commission. The retired Air Force pilot says the commission members' duty in the coming years is to be a watchdog for taxpayers, now that major decisions to build a new fire station in Crystal Beach are behind them.
Campbell, 39, has been a firefighter in Clearwater for 17 years. He says Palm Harbor firefighters deserve a pay raise because they make about $5,000 a year less than their counterparts elsewhere in the county. He also says the commissioners spend too much money.
Rausch, 48, a legal guardian, says she has attended many commission meetings. "It appears to me that there needs to be a little more homework done," she said.
Rausch has served on the board of the Palm Harbor Recreation League and is on the board of directors of the National Guardianship Association.
She says she would try to make the public more aware of the service provided by Palm Harbor's Fire Department, particularly because their tax dollars pay for it.
Doyen, 73, is retired and running against Rausch for a third term on the commission. His experience, he says, is what voters should consider.
Doyen, a former member of the Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce, says that if he is re-elected, he and the other commissioners would see that the Fire Department remains up to date and well equipped.
"It's a first-class fire department," Doyen said. "And with four stations, all of Palm Harbor would be covered."
_ MIKE JACKSON
Commissioners each represent the entire fire district in Palm Harbor, an unincorporated community of about 50,000 people in North Pinellas. Commissioners serve four-year terms and are paid $2,400 per year.