By Brittany Llorente
PALM BAY - One incumbent and four challengers are running for Palm Bay City Council, Seat 3, this fall.
The seat is currently held by Michele Paccione, who began her term in 2008.
In order to qualify to contend for the seat, candidates must be residents of Palm Bay for two years prior to the election and must be registered voters.
The city's qualifying period for the race begins Aug. 20 at 8:30 a.m. and ends Friday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m.
Councilwoman Paccione will compete against candidates Brian Anderson, Sandra Kane Karwel, Missy Wilson and Pat Woodard for the seat.
After several attempts to contact each of them, Mr. Anderson, Ms. Karwel and Ms. Wilson did not provide the necessary information in time for this candidate profile.
Basic information about the candidates is as follows:
. Age: 49
. City you live in: Palm Bay
. Number of years as resident: 22
. Occupation: branch manager and title agent for Security First Title & Escrow
. Education: studied communications at CW Post College in Greenvale, N.Y.; attended Space Coast School of Real Estate in Melbourne
. Organizations involved with: served as a team captain/volunteer for Relay for Life of Palm Bay; chairwoman for Brevard's "Take Back the Night;" Commission on the Status of Women for Brevard County; Brevard County Transportation Planning Organization; Central Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Alliance
. Marital status: married to husband, Michael
. Number of children: none
. In 100 words or less, explain what makes you the best candidate for this seat: "During my first term on council, I have worked to bring jobs and businesses to Palm Bay and keep them here. I've been an advocate for streamlined permitting and reduced red tape for small businesses and residents improving their homes. I have been an advocate for managed growth and affordable housing. I have worked to make smart budget choices that maintain our quality of life and keep public safety a priority. In my second term, I will continue working with the residents of Palm Bay. Together we're building a better city."
. Age: 57
. City you live in: Palm Bay
. Number of years as resident: 24
. Occupation: InDyne Inc., the prime infrastructure and support contractor at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station; former Palm Bay city councilman
. Education: Associate of Arts Degree from Brevard Community College; attended numerous professional courses from the TREEO Center at University of Florida in Gainesville
. Organizations involved with: former member, state parliamentarian and chaplain of the Florida Junior Chamber; former member of Toastmasters International; former member of the City of Palm Bay Planning and Zoning Board; former member of board of directors of the Florida League of Cities; former member of Florida League of Cities Legislative Policy Committee; past president of Space Coast League of Cities; former member of Space Coast Growth Management Collation, former member and vice chairman of Brevard County Transportation Planning Organization; former council liaison for the Utility Advisory Board; former member of the Palm Bay Future Visioning Committee; committee member of Support Our Troops Rally
. Marital status: married to wife, Susan
. Number of children/grandchildren: raising 8-year-old granddaughter
. In 100 words or less, explain what makes you the best candidate for the position: "As a fiscal conservative, I am concerned about the direction our city has been moving in the last four years. As a councilman, I have taken my responsibility of governing very serious. I've always been prepared and knowledgeable about the city issues - doing my homework in advance of council meetings. I believe in open government, conducted town hall meetings and proposed the televising of council meetings. Most importantly, I am not beholden to or controlled by any group. The only people I will represent are Palm Bay citizens. I believe my experience, knowledge and leadership makes me the best candidate."