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Four compete for two open seats on the Satellite Beach City Council
Rating: 2.84 / 5 (44 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Sep 07 - 00:35

By Chris Fish


SATELLITE BEACH - Four Satellite Beach residents have qualified for two open seats on the Satellite Beach City Council this fall.

The seats currently held by Councilman Lloyd French and Councilman Scott Rhodes will be open, as their terms will end in the fall. The two, who are both running for reelection, will compete against challengers Mark Brimer and Lorraine Gott in the General Election Nov. 6.

Basic information about the candidates is as follows:

Mark Brimer

. Age: 56

. City: Satellite Beach

. Years as resident: 40

. Occupation: physical therapist-Health First Home Care

. Education: Doctorate of Philosophy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale; Master of Business Administration from Florida Tech in Melbourne; Bachelor of Science from Florida International University in Miami; certificate in Healthcare Risk Management from the University of South Florida in Tampa

. Organizations affiliated with: Co-Chairman of the Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Elder Affairs Fall Prevention Coalition; Brevard County Commission on Aging

. Marital status: Married 29 years to Leslee Brimer

. Number of children: two

. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for this seat: "Satellite Beach has a long tradition of providing excellent police, fire and recreational services to our residents. Recent Budget reductions by city leadership have unnecessarily threatened the continued existence of many of these services. The only long-term solution to support these services and lessen the tax burden is to restore an economic viability to our city. In order to restore economic viability, we must implement a plan that addresses the large tracts of vacant land and store-front that are paralyzing the city. If elected, I will work hand-in-hand with council to ensure economic development is a top resident priority."

Lloyd French

. Age: 57

. City: Satellite Beach

. Years as resident: 19

. Occupation: program manager, ITT Exelis Corporation in Satellite Beach

. Education: Bachelor of Professional Studies from Barry University in Miami Shores

Organizations affiliated with: U.S. Fish 7 Wildlife Service volunteer; led Citizen's Advisory Panel for Efficient Government; retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant

. Marital status: Married to Michelle French

. Number of children: three children, one grandchild

. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for this seat: "I believe in the value of community unity, teamwork and the contribution of volunteers. My contributions started by creating an email group of people who wanted to be kept abreast of city business that led to our transparency level. I led the Citizen Advisory Panel for Efficient Government that produced a score of spending efficiency recommendations. In just four months as an interim city councilman, I helped usher in a lower millage rate with no impact on job services, increased our strategic reserves by 2,700 percent, helped solve the CRA issue and helped introduce technology to efficiently get information to our residents."

Lorraine Gott

. Age: 68

. City: Satellite Beach

. Years as resident: 22

. Occupation:

Retired Army Officer, attorney and grant writer

. Education: Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida in Gainesville; Master of Business Administration from Florida Tech in Melbourne; Bachelor of Arts in American Thought and Civilization from George Washington University in Washington, D.C..

. Organizations affiliated with: Paste member of city boards and of Brevard County and nonprofit boards, with a focus of improving county animal shelters

. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for councilmember of Satellite Beach:

"To address financial challenges from the struggling economy, the current council majority is remaking our city government. While some changes are necessary to deal with economic realities, tearing the place apart is not the solution. More than ever, Satellite Beach needs experienced, Knowledgeable, city-friendly leadership to restore our city. While resolving our fiscal challenges, we need to rebuild our city's reputation, honor city agreements with other agencies, respect our employees, welcome experienced volunteers and preserve our quality of life. With two decades of service in numerous city capacities, my demonstrated leadership makes me the best candidate to make this happen.

Scott Rhodes

. Age: 54

. City: Satellite Beach

. Years as resident: 10

. Occupation:

Owner of A1A Pump & Irrigation, INC in Satellite Beach

. Education: Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida in Orlando

. Organizations affiliated with: Little League Coach for Beachside Little League fro the past seven years

. Marital status: Married 19 years to Angela Rhodes

. Number of children: Two

. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for councilmember of Satellite Beach:

"From the time our family chose Satellite Beach to be our home, we have been involved with many recreation programs. My wife Angiee has been on the recreation board for several years. I was a member of the community redevelopment board for several years prior to serving as a city council member for the past three years. I work hard every day to represent the city residents and businesses to ensure the stability of our city. Looking to the future, we must continue to work to sustain all city services and the quality of life all residents have come to expect."

To decide on the next council member of Satellite Beach, voters may head to the polls during the General Election on Nov. 6.

For more information, visit www.votebrevard.com.

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