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Tarpon Springs Beacon
Three vie for open commission seat
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Article published on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
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TARPON SPRINGS - Term limits for Vice Mayor Susan Slattery has left an opening for a city commissioner. The following are the three candidates for the March 11 election. Townsend Tarapani is unopposed in his re-election for Seat 1; his second three-year term will begin April 1.

Statements were provided by the candidates.

Joe Muzio

After much deliberation and encouragement from friends and residents who know both my abilities and determination, I have decided to once again announce my candidacy for City Commissioner.

As a Tarpon Springs resident for the last 27 years, I have met and made many friends in the community. For those that I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Jue Mozio, and I am running for City Commissioner, Seat 2. I am 62 years old, married, with four grown children and five grandchildren.

My business knowledge and inside gained from working in the private sector over the past 4 years, to include my military experience as 1st liutenant, will be an advantage for me when making imporant decisions as your representative in City Hall.

Considering the local economy and issues that have surfaced recently, I strongly believe Tarpon Springs needs a more citizen-focused approach to problem solving and decision-making. The City Commission will be making many important decisions in the coming months that will impact the future for each and every one of us. As your elected official, I will be vigilant to the needs of the community and will take my reponsibilities as City Commissioner very seriously.

As City Commissioner, I will be accountable for all my actions and decisions, to include being a strong conservative advocate for responsible spending based on logical and realistic plans for now and years to come.

Please vote on March 11, 2014 and make a difference.

Chris Hrabovsky

I am Chris Hrabovsky, candidate for Tarpon Springs City Commission. Many people know me as the man who stood up to Wal-Mart and helped protect the Anclote River. Others know me as a regular attendee at City Commission meetings, standing up for the rights of our citizens and speaking out to preserve our city’s heritage and environment. In my private practice I stand up for our military veterans and their families, helping them to recover from trauma and find peace.

I have a plan to stand up to Duke Energy and reduce our utility rates. I have a plan to stand up to the Big Banks to help families keep their homes out of foreclosure. I have already proposed many ideas to help improve our city, such as the recently adopted policy to notify residents if their names were to appear on the city Agenda (previously you and your home could have been talked about by Commissioners without any warning to you), as well as common sense suggestions such as including a calendar of events each month in our water bills to help attendance at public festivities.

As a long time resident, I do more than attend meetings, I research and listen with genuine interest and am often approached by others with similar concerns, I am humbled that some have asked for my help and honored that others called for me to run for office. I believe the time has come for me to answer those calls. Learn more: www.helpelectchris.com.

Rea Sieber

After retiring from education in 2009, I opened my first store, Rea Sunshine in the Riverwalk Shoppes, and joined the Merchants Association the following week. That first year I was asked to become president of the Merchants Association, and this was the start of my involvement in my community. The following year I opened Wine at the Docks and a year later added a wine and beer bar to the store.

I have striven to make a difference since moving to Tarpon Springs, as a guidance counselor, a volunteer, a business owner, president of the Merchants Association, a Chamber of Commerce partner, a member of the Budget Advisory Board and my participation in the Tourist Development Council. As president of the Merchants Association, I was successful in uniting the downtown merchants with the Sponge Docks merchants. We are now one Merchants Association and plan citywide events.

I was instrumental in getting public bathrooms built on the west end of the Sponge Docks. We created a marketing plan and event schedule that was combined with the city and the chamber’s plans. We’ve been successful in attracting thousands of visitors to Tarpon Springs with our advertising and our events like the Wine Walks, the Food Truck Rallies, the Hippie Fest, the Oktoberfest, Arts and Craft Shows and the Seafood Festival.

I feel that my knowledge, experience and drive will give me the tools I need to be a valuable city commissioner. I look forward to working together to make Tarpon Springs even stronger.

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