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Candidates statements: Oldsmar

As one approaches the city of Oldsmar, there is a sign, surrounded by pretty landscaping, that proclaims "Oldsmar, New City on the Horizon."

Truly, this is a "sign of the times." Signs of progress, too numerous to mention here, are all around us. Oldsmar has shed the "backwoods" image and is one of the most enviable communities to live in.

Although a relatively new resident, I've gained years of knowledge and experience in the various organizations, boards and committees I have been privileged to serve on, in addition to attending almost all council meetings for the past two and a half years.

My platform is:

1. Represent residents equally and fairly.

2. Exercise cost control.

3. Limit use of outside consultants.

4. Hold taxes to the minimum.

5. Improve drainage.

6. Encourage voluntary community involvement.

7. For the good of our city, never spare time or effort.

In order to fulfill the requirements of my platform, I pledge to:

Keep myself informed with the best possible information.

Keep an open mind and encourage public opinion.

Make decisions only after considering all the pertinent facts.

Be a partisan only to the citizens of our city and not to special-interest groups.

Oldsmar's flame of progress is lit and I want to be one of those who makes sure the flame of progress continues to illuminate our city. I encourage voters to make the "wise choice" on March 10.

To our readers

Today we give candidates for Oldsmar City Council an opportunity to speak directly to voters in that city. The candidates were invited to submit 200-word statements about themselves for publication. These statements are their work, and should not be mistaken for the newspaper's editorial recommendations, which will appear next week.

Three candidates _ Gary Cohn, Clement Johnson and Rosemary Wiseman _ are seeking Seat 1 on the council. That is the only seat open in the March 10 election. Candidates are elected citywide to two-year terms.