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Oldsmar voters will go to polls today

The race between new and old ends today as voters elect either Richard Schauseil or Tom Pinta to City Council Seat 3.

The winner will replace incumbent Jerry Beverland, who cannot run again because of term limits. The City Council term is for two years and pays $4,800 a year. City Clerk Cheryl Mortenson estimates that 22 percent of the city's 4,164 registered voters will go to the polls.

So far, the race has been quiet. No issue or problem has loomed especially large, and the candidates' criticism of each other has been mild.

Pinta, 78, is a retiree who has been a mayor and City Council member, serving two terms in each position. He has lived in Oldsmar for 18 years and is active in organizations concerning elderly people.

Pinta has based his campaign on his background. As the veteran, he said he has an essential knowledge of issues the city has been dealing with for years. He lists among them the proposed annexation of the Tampa Bay Park of Commerce, drainage problems in Gull-Aire Village and talks with the state Department of Transportation for the widening of Tampa Road.

Schauseil, 42, is a real estate agent who has lived in Oldsmar for two years. He runs a construction business and is pursuing a chemistry degree at the University of South Florida. This is his first time running for office.

Schauseil's campaign has focused on new ideas. He said he wants to improve communication between government and residents by having small neighborhood meetings in outlying parts of town.

He said Oldsmar is small enough for city officials to go door to door and talk to residents about issues in their neighborhoods. He also wants to promote Oldsmar more as a waterfront city and have an adult liaison to represent young people at City Council meetings.

Where to vote

Polls for today's Oldsmar city election are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Precincts 629/630: Oldsmar Council Chamber, 100 State St. Precinct 631: Gull-Aire Village Clubhouse at 3138 Curlew Road, 151-B Gull Aire Blvd. Call 855-4693 for information.