SEMINOLE – Six candidates qualified to run for two City Council seats in the Nov. 4 election. They are incumbent Bob Matthews, Seminole Chamber of Commerce president Roger Edelman, recent Seminole Charter Review Board Chair Joe Haynes, Thomas Christy, Vincent C. Trovato and Michael Fisher.
The qualification deadline for the election ended at 4 p.m. Aug. 11.
Councilor John Counts, who has sat on the council for over a decade, announced he wouldn’t seek re-election at the July 22 council meeting.
Matthews has been a council member since 1990, aside from eight months in 2006. A U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired Florida Power Corp. employee, he’s lived in Seminole since 1972. He and his wife currently run Seminole Garden Florist and Party Store at 12020 Park Blvd. Matthews is a member of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and volunteers with the Seminole Pow Wow Festival.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Edelman has lived in Seminole since 1985. A retired sales manager for a Fortune 500 printing and publishing company, and a former small business owner, he’s been chamber president since June 2011. He’s currently on the PARC Board of Directors, previously served on the boards of Pinellas Village, Pinellas Marine Institute, and Seminole Lake Country Club and was president of the Seminole Lake Homeowners Association.
Haynes, a pediatric pharmacist at All Children’s Hospital, lived in unincorporated Pinellas County from 1996 to 2012, when he annexed his home into Seminole. This year he was nominated to the Seminole Charter Review Board and elected chair. The board’s recommendations will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. Haynes is also active in Toastmasters, overseeing four clubs as area governor, and he’s been recognized as a Distinguished Toastmaster.
Christy moved to Seminole in 2005. He served twice on the Tonawanda, N.Y., City Council. He worked 30 years for children’s book publisher Carton-Craft Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y. He is a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the city of Seminole Charter Revision Committee in 2009-10 and is a former candidate for the City Council.
Trovato, an 11-year resident of the city, is owner of Seminole Optical and Elegant Eyewear. He is past president of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Rotary Club of Seminole Lake, past president of the Mall Merchants Association, a former Pinellas County deputy sheriff, and past president of the Seminole Middle School SAC Committee.
Fisher has lived in Seminole for 16 years. He has worked for Frency’s Cafe for 23 years and has been in charge of the daily operations for 16 of those years.