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THE CANDIDATES

Published Oct. 1, 2005

KATHLEEN S. FORD, 39, is a native of Wisconsin, who grew up in New York and Virginia. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing with honors from the University of Virginia in 1979. After working in two hospitals in Houston, she entered law school at the South Texas College of Law, graduating in 1985. She and her husband, Harvey, have an 11-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter. She worked as a personal injury consultant reviewing medical records for five years, then became a part-time trial lawyer in 1992. She is a former president of the North Shore Neighborhood Association and a 1992 graduate of Leadership St. Pete. ASSETS: Home, rental property in Houston, stocks, life insurance and retirement account. LIABILITIES: Bank mortgages. SOURCE OF INCOME: Lawyer's salary, rental income.

PATRICIA T. FULTON, 56, is a native of St. Petersburg who attended local schools through St. Petersburg Junior College, then received her bachelor's degree from Rollins College in Winter Park. She earned a doctorate in English from Auburn University and worked 10 years as a high school and college instructor in the Panama Canal Zone. Returning to St. Petersburg in 1977, she worked as a teacher at SPJC and as a writer and editor for various business publications. She also had a radio talk show. For the past three years she has focused on technical writing and now works for a computer software consultant. Divorced since 1978, she has two adult daughters. Her oldest daughter died in 1990. ASSETS: None. LIABILITIES: None. SOURCE OF INCOME: Technical writing for a computer firm.