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Council member Geiger files for seventh term

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Veteran City Council member Liz Geiger filed papers Monday to run for a seventh term.

Geiger, 60, holds Seat 2 and has one challenger in the race, retiree Rj Morgan.

Morgan has said he decided to run out of opposition to the council's decision in November to rename Sixth Avenue after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The issue was a divisive one, and Geiger supported the name change.

She said Monday she thinks the city faces more pressing issues.

"Growth is always important," Geiger said. "Also, we have the issue of the airport, continuing to make it more viable."

Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, a potential money-maker for the city, carries substantial debt. The city last year built new T-hangars that quickly filled up with paying tenants.

"We have the infrastructure for it," Geiger said. "We want to make it operate in the black."

Geiger, who also hopes to see the city invest in a new library and performing arts center, spent the past few weeks contemplating another run for the council.

"I just think that there are a lot of important issues coming up and a lot of opportunity to shape what happens in the city of Zephyrhills."

Seat 4 on the council and the mayor's job also are on the ballot.

City Council member Lance Smith has filed for re-election. He will face Regina King, a political newcomer.

Mayor Cliff McDuffie is seeking a second term, and he has one challenger to date, longtime resident Louie Collandria.

The qualifying period for municipal elections runs from noon Feb. 10 through noon Feb. 17. Qualifying requires a $25 fee and the signatures of 25 registered Zephyrhills voters. The nonpartisan election is April 13.