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Two square off for council seat

Veteran Tom Pinta and newcomer Richard Schauseil are seeking City Council Seat 3, which is now occupied by Jerry Beverland. Rosemary Wiseman will automatically be re-elected to Seat 1 because no one opposed her before the filing deadline.

Schauseil, who has never before run for public office, said he would try new ideas if elected to the City Council. Among them are having smaller town meetings for residents who live in Oldsmar's neighborhoods and outlying areas, and holding seafood festivals or fishing competitions to promote the city's waterfront.

He said he is running for the City Council because he wants to help guide the change that he sees heading to Oldsmar.

"Growth happens," Schauseil said. "What you need to do is guide it."

Pinta, a former mayor and council member, signed up after no one came forward to challenge Schauseil. Though he has been retired since 1972, Pinta said he has both the energy and the background to serve another term.

"I cannot drop out at 78," said Pinta, who is active in several organizations concerning the elderly. "I'd be a bad role model."

Pinta and Schauseil agree on many issues. Both are pro-growth and support the city's efforts to bring an arts center downtown. They also agree with Mayor Jerry Provenzano's recent steps to create activities for young people. Both say they want to monitor the widening of Tampa Road so that businesses are not severely crippled by construction.

_ Erika C. Duckworth


City Council members are elected at-large for 2-year terms.

One seat is available. Rosemary Wiseman will automatically be re-elected to Seat 1 because no one opposed her during qualifying. Her name will not appear on the ballot. City Council members are paid $4,800 annually.


Richard Schauseil

AGE: 42

BACKGROUND: He and his wife, Connie, live at 409 Country Club Dr. Schauseil grew up in Miami and moved to Tampa in 1970. He has lived in Oldsmar two years. Schauseil is a real estate agent with the Polo Group in Tampa. He also operates a construction business in Miami. Schauseil is a 1970 graduate of LaSalle High School in Miami. He expects in August to receive a chemistry degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has four children. He is not limiting campaign contributions.

ASSETS: Home, car.

LIABILITIES: None listed.

INCOME: The Polo Group, construction business.

Tom Pinta

AGE: 78

BACKGROUND: He and his wife, Eunice, live at 1816 Driftwood Circle N. Pinta is a Jersey City, N.J. native who moved to Tampa in 1959. He has lived in Oldsmar for 18 years and retired as general manager of Busch Gardens in 1972. He has also been a marketing representative for hotels in Clearwater Beach and Treasure Island. Pinta was a City Council member from 1985 to 1987 and served as mayor from 1987 to 1991. He was elected to another term on the City Council from 1991 to 1993. Pinta is involved in several activities concerning the elderly, including the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council's agency on aging. He formed Oldsmar's Over 55 Club and the local AARP chapter. He is a charter member of the Oldsmar Moose Club and a member of the Harbor Palms Homeowners Association. He has two children. He is limiting campaign contributions to $100 each.

ASSETS: Home, car.

LIABILITIES: None listed.

INCOME: Social Security.


Precincts 629/630: Oldsmar Council Chamber, 100 State St.

Precinct 631: Gull-Aire Village Clubhouse at 3138 Curlew Road, 151-B Gull Aire Blvd. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Absentee ballots are available from the City Clerk's office in Oldsmar City Hall, 106 State St.; the Supervisor of Elections Offices at 315 Court St., Clearwater, or 150 5th St. N, St. Petersburg; and the Election Service Center, 14255 49th St. N., Clearwater. Call 855-4693 for more information.