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CHAMBER HOPES FORUM ADDS CLARITY TO ELECTION

Voters can come in person or view the 10 candidates from home.

With a herd of candidates stampeding toward three available seats on the City Council, voters here could be forgiven a bit of confusion over who's who and who's running for what.

The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hopes to help voters sort things out by hosting a televised forum to show who's running and what they hope to do.

The forum is 7 to 9 tonight in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N. Everyone is invited, but it can be seen live on Bright House Channel 615.

It will be replayed Monday at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at 9 a.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. on the same channel.

Among the 10 candidates are incumbents, former elected officials, former candidates and political gadflies. There also are some fresh faces.

The election is March 11, and successful candidates will take office March 13. Pinellas Park has about 48,000 people and a budget of about $49.3-million. The main duties of the mayor and the council are to set policy for the city and establish a budget. Most months, they have two meetings and two workshops.

The mayor is paid $17,412, and council members earn $15,090.

Fast Facts

Who's running

Here are the candidates and the offices they're seeking:

Mayor

Bill Mischler (incumbent)

Janet Macumber

Council Seat 3

Marshall Cook

Rick Butler (incumbent)

Council Seat 4

(No incumbent; Patricia Bailey-Snook is not seeking re-election.)

Jerry Mullins

Trish Macfarlane

Ed Kosinski

Patricia Johnson

Randy Heine

Mary Brennan

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