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Newcomers, veterans to vie in Dade City

(ran East edition)

Two longtime commissioners and two newcomers will make a go for the City Commission in April.

Scott Black, who has served since 1990, faces a challenge from Mike Agnello, a longtime resident and owner of a downtown pub.

Agnello, 45, jumped in late, filing his candidate paperwork Monday. He is a frequent presence at commission meetings who has spoken on issues ranging from dissolution of the city's fire department to allowance of alcohol at some public events.

If elected, he said he would be outspoken and visible. His priorities are planning for growth and annexation, keeping an eye on city spending and finding new ways to promote downtown amenities.

"I want to be somebody who represents more than the four city blocks downtown," he said. "We're going after all this new (development) when we have all this old that we need to address."

Black, 41, was elected 16 years ago and served four of them as mayor. A native of Trilby, he is a local insurance agent.

In the race for Group 2, Bill Dennis, who is trying for 20 years on the board, is pitted against Camille Hernandez, a 46-year-old full-time mother of four.

Commissioners serve four-year terms and are paid $100 a month. They choose a mayor from among their ranks to serve two years; that position pays $150 a month. Races, which are nonpartisan, are set for April 11.