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TREASURE ISLAND // Makrauer, Maloof elected to city commission

(ran Beach edition)

A novice who breezed into city politics this year captured the District 1 seat of incumbent commissioner and 20-year resident Stephanie Lavino.

George A. Makrauer, who permanently moved to the city from Cincinnati in October, won 53.22 percent of the vote.

In the District 3 race, longtime hopeful Mary Maloof defeated Gary M. Gibellina. With 2,034 people voting, Maloof collected 80.36 percent of the vote.

Maloof was vacationing in Morocco and unavailable for comment Tuesday night. Makrauer, however, was thrilled.

"There is a majority of people who feel that there is a need for a stronger, more assertive voice on the commission," he said. "The first thing I am going to do is sort all the different issues I've heard from the residents and put them in order of importance."

Commissioners serve two-year terms and are paid $5,400 a year.

The results were disappointing for Lavino, who in 1995 won more than 70 percent of the vote. She broke into politics in 1994 when she was appointed commissioner.

Lavino, who received 46.78 percent of the vote, was too upset to talk about her plans Tuesday night.

"I can't believe it," she said.

Makrauer, 52, ran on his business experience and a promise to develop a vision for the island. He is a management consultant whose Cincinnati-based plastics business voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection in 1995.

He plans to publish a report called Makrauer on the Record, a newsletter giving his positions and those of his constituents.

Gibellina, Maloof's opponent, captured 19.64 percent of the vote. His platform included doing away with the police department and signing a contract with the Sheriff's Office.

Reached at his home Tuesday night, Gibellina said he had no reaction to his defeat. He had remained in the race despite the revelation of a 1994 arrest for shoplifting grouper.

City Commission Distrcit 1

Makrauer 322

Lavino 283

City Commission District 3

Maloof 442

Gibellina 108