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Incumbent, newcomer hold leads // TEMPLE TERRACE CITY COUNCIL

Published Jul. 6, 2006

Early results Tuesday showed W. C. Hammontree and Jo Jeter had commanding leads over three other candidates vying for two seats on the Temple Terrace City Council.

Hammontree, 70, has been a member of the council for 18 years. Jeter, 64, is a political newcomer who writes a column for the Temple Terrace News.

"We have a number of good projects under way that are good for the community that I'd like to see through," said Hammontree, referring to the new library and plans to enlarge the golf and country club facilities.

Jeter, a mother of two, campaigned primarily on her goal to add staff to the city's recreation department, which she called the "envy of the communities surrounding Temple Terrace."

By late Tuesday, Hammontree and Jeter were leading candidates Jerry King, a retired colonel; Gil Schisler, a general accounting manager for a valve manufacturer in Temple Terrace; and Mike Prado, a self-employed building contractor.

Council members represent the entire city of Temple Terrace. They serve four-year terms.

The non-partisan elected officials who fill the five seats are not paid for their service.

Hammontree moved to Temple Terrace in 1952 from Chattanooga, Tenn. He is president of Temple Terrace Industries, which has plants in Plant City and Abbeville, S.C.

Hammontree is the past district governor of Rotary International and past president of the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce.

Jeter is a lifelong resident of Hillsborough County. She has served on many groups including the Parent-Teacher Association, the United Way, the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes.