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Pinellas Park keeps mayor, replaces council member

Tuesday's election was supposed to be the end of politics as usual in this city. That is what happened _ sort of.

Voters elected a new Seat 2 representative but re-elected Mayor Cecil Bradbury, who has held that post since 1981.

In the Seat 2 race, Linda Matthews was ousted by challenger Charles "Chuck" Williams. Williams, is an auditor with the Department of Defense.

"I think the people are telling me that they want representation. They want someone to attend to meetings," Williams said Tuesday while standing outside City Council chambers as the final votes were announced.

Williams promised voters they would see a lot of him. He also pledged to increase recreational facilities for adults and children and monitor enactment of the city's redevelopment plan.

Williams, 54, and Bradbury will be sworn in at 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a council meeting.

Bradbury, a principal designer for E-Systems, which designs electronics for the military, said his win over Patricia "Pat" Thomas was not a surprise. "I was never worried. I believed the voters would see the type of campaign I tried to run. I've got another two years to do the best that I can for my community."

During the campaign, Bradbury, 52, said he wants to upgrade street lighting throughout the city; follow through on the city's redevelopment plan; and improve the drainage system in the Harmony Heights area.

Thomas, a physics teacher at Northeast High School, was making her first run at public office.

Council members and the mayor are elected at large. The mayor serves a two-year term and is paid $12,000 a year; council members serve four-year terms at $10,000 annual salaries.