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Incumbents, newcomers share election slate // DUNEDIN

Voters on Tuesday will choose among three incumbents and three newcomers to Dunedin politics as they select a mayor and two city commissioners.

Incumbent mayor Tom Anderson is challenged by John Espey.

Voters will choose two of the four candidates for City Commission among incumbents Mary Bonner and John Doglione and newcomers Janet Nelson and Basil Ranier.

Anderson, a retired management consultant, says he wants to continue the progress Dunedin has made in the past few years: further improvements to downtown, expansion of the reclaimed water system and better long-term planning for the city's needs.

He also says he wants to keep water and sewer rates in check and to expand the reclaimed water system.

Anderson says he would work to keep Dunedin as the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays if the cost is not prohibitive and hopes to persuade the Legislature to let Dunedin annex small unincorporated pieces of property that are surrounded by city land.

Challenger John Espey, a former School Board member, promises that he would reduce water and sewer rates if he is elected. Taxes have been lowered, he says, while water and sewer rates have climbed.

That puts an undue burden on the city's poorer residents, he says.

Espey, who owns a real estate sales and appraisal company, says he thinks Anderson and the commission bungled negotiations with the Blue Jays. And, he says, the city has buried too much of its Penny for Pinellas money in the reclaimed water system.

Espey also criticizes Anderson's goal to involuntarily annex those enclaves of unincorporated areas as "a power play."

Bonner, who has spent 15 of the past 18 years as either a commissioner or mayor, talks about her experience and willingness to listen to constituents.

Doglione, completing his second term as a commissioner, points to his work on the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Pinellas Planning Council, among others, as an indication that he is interested in the welfare of the entire area along with Dunedin.

Nelson says that her experience as a civic activist and her background in accounting qualify her to serve on the commission. She has been attending council meetings since July in preparation for the campaign, she said.

Ranier says his background in construction and design gives him the planning skills to help the city move forward. He also would look for ways to make the city's operation more efficient, he said.

MAYORAL CANDIDATES

John Espey

AGE: 58

BACKGROUND: He was born in Valparaiso, Ind., and came to Pinellas County in 1953. He has an associate's degree from St. Petersburg Junior College, a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a master's degree in education from the University of Florida. He owns Espey Properties in Dunedin. He and his wife, Martha, have lived at 345 Edgewater Drive in Dunedin for five years. They have two adult children. He has served three terms on the Pinellas County School Board and has run unsuccessfully for Clearwater City Commission and Pinellas County property appraiser. He is a member of the Dunedin North Rotary Club, the Florida Education Research Association, the Florida Guidance and Personnel Association and the Clearwater Association of Realtors.

ASSETS: Home, property, savings.

LIABILITIES: None listed.

SOURCES OF INCOME: Real estate business.

Tom Anderson

AGE: 64

BACKGROUND: Anderson was born in New York City and moved to Dunedin full-time about 10 years ago. He has a bachelor's degree from City College of New York and a master's in business administration from George Washington University. He is retired as a self-employed management consultant. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. He and his wife, Alice, live at 2331 Watrous Drive. He served four years as a Dunedin city commissioner and is completing his first term as mayor. He is a member of Rotary, Friends of the Library and the Dunedin Historical Society.

ASSETS: Home, property, stocks.

LIABILITIES: None listed.

SOURCES OF INCOME: Real estate, stocks, pension.

CITY COMMISSION CANDIDATES

Mary Bonner

AGE: 59

BACKGROUND: She came to Dunedin from Philadelphia in 1974. She works as a real estate agent. She was first elected to the City Commission in 1979 and served until 1982, when she was elected mayor. She was defeated in her bid for a third term as mayor in 1988 and returned to the commission in 1991. She is divorced and lives at 1889 La Grande Drive. She has three adult children. She is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, its women's guild, the Upper Pinellas Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, the Scottish-American Society of Dunedin, the Femme Pin Bowling League and the Clearwater Association of Realtors.

ASSETS: Home, property.

LIABILITIES: None listed.

SOURCES OF INCOME: Real estate sales.

John Doglione

AGE: 63

BACKGROUND: He was born in New Castle, Del., and came to Dunedin 11 years ago. He has a bachelor's degree from Troy State University and a master's degree in public administration from Webster College. He is a retired Air Force pilot whose last military assignment was as director of operations for the Joint Deployment Agency of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. He and his wife, Lianne, live at 2304 Jones Drive. They have two adult children. He is a member of Dunedin Boat Club, the Friends of the Library, the Dunedin Historical Society, the Dunedin North Rotary Club, the Florida Department of Transportation Strategic Planning Committee, the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Ruth Eckerd Hall board. He is vice chairman of the Suncoast League of Municipalities and is chairman of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. He is completing his second term as a city commissioner.

ASSETS: Home, savings.

LIABILITIES: None listed.

SOURCES OF INCOME: Government pensions, commission salary, savings.

Janet Nelson

AGE: 53

BACKGROUND: She was born in Chicago and moved to Dunedin about 10 years ago. She has a bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College. She is a commercial real estate broker with Klein & Heuchan. Previously, she was an accountant with the Milwaukee Hospital Council. She is married to Todd Nelson, and they live at 1464 Mahogany Lane. They have four children, ages 25, 20, 19 and 15. She is a member of the Dunedin Youth Guild, the Dunedin Fine Arts Center board, the Dunedin Rotary and the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce.

ASSETS: Home, mutual funds.

LIABILITIES: None listed.

SOURCES OF INCOME: Real estate sales.

Basil Ranier

AGE: 58

BACKGROUND: He was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Dunedin about two years ago. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron and studied at Kent State University. He is a housing rehabilitation officer for the city of St. Petersburg. Previously, he had a construction company in Ohio and worked for the Pinellas County School Board architect's office. He and his wife, Karen, live, at 1246 Ranchwood Drive E. He has a son from a previous marriage. He designed and built a sculpture on the main campus of the University of Akron. He ran unsuccessfully for Akron City Council in 1977.

ASSETS: Home, property.

LIABILITIES: Mortgage.

SOURCES OF INCOME: Rental property, salary.

THE RACES: When they go to the polls Tuesday, voters will choose one of the two candidates for mayor. The two commission candidates getting the most votes will be elected.

THE JOBS: The mayor earns $7,560 annually. Each commissioner makes $6,300 annually. They will serve three-year terms.

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