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Indian Shores voters go to polls today

(ran LA edition)

Today is election day here, and voters will decide among four candidates for two at-large seats on the Town Council.

Mayor Robert McEwen is unopposed in today's election and is automatically re-elected.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Voters can cast their ballots at Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd. People wanting rides to the polls or who have questions about the election should call Town Hall at 595-4020.

Each council member is elected for a two-year term and is paid $125 a month.

The candidates are:

Jane Hawk, 50, of 19417 Gulf Blvd., Apt. A-113, is a night supervisor at the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club for a security firm based in Tampa. She served one term on the council from 1990 to 1992. She is president of the Indian Shores Women's Club and is past vice president for the Keep Barrier Islands Beautiful group.

Janet Hoppe, 63, of 19400 Gulf Blvd. is a former journalist and former real estate saleswoman. She is the lone incumbent in this race, seeking her second term. She was a council member before, from 1985 until 1987, and was mayor from 1988 until 1990. She has lived in Indian Shores for 29 years and has held numerous civic and community offices.

Kenneth Johnston, 63, of 19000 Gulf Blvd., owns and operates Casa Chico vacation cottages. He, too, is a former council member, serving one term four years ago. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and has lived in Indian Shores since 1989.

Jewell Vincent, 49, of 20019 Gulf Blvd., Apt. 9, is operations supervisor for H & R Block in St. Petersburg. This is her first attempt at elected office. She is president of the Pier House One condominium association and of the Women's Republican Club of St. Petersburg Federated.

All of the candidates have said the biggest issues facing their town are widening and beautifying Gulf Boulevard, burying utility cables and setting a policy on whether to keep its own police force or consolidate it with other departments.

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