By Meagan McGone
COCOA BEACH - Two candidates will vie to fill Seat 3 on the Cocoa Beach City Commission in the upcoming election.
Ben Malik and Mary Jane Nail, both Cocoa Beach residents, will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot for the General Election.
Basic information about the candidates is as follows:
. Age: 48
. City: Cocoa Beach
. Years as resident: five
. Occupation: community banker and vice president of Florida Bank of Commerce
. Education: Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville and currently enrolled in Florida School of Banking's program at University of Florida.
. Organizations affiliated with: Cocoa Beach Planning and Zoning Board Member, Cocoa Beach Kiwanis Board Member, Cocoa Beach Elks Lodge, Cocoa Beach Surfrider, Cocoa Beach Surf Museum, Cocoa Beach High School and Roosevelt Elementary volunteer teacher, Junior Achievement of Space Coast, Cocoa Beach Citizens Academy Graduate, Cocoa Beach Area Merchants Association, past Cocoa Beach Community Fest chair, Cocoa Beach Astronaut Parade Committee, graduate of Leadership Brevard, volunteer coach for Brevard Flag Football in Merritt Island, volunteer coach for Upward Basketball in Merritt Island
. Marital status: married for 21 years to wife, Kelly, a VPK teacher at Merritt Island Presbyterian
. Children: two children
. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for Seat 3 on the Cocoa Beach City Commission: "Having been a small business owner and currently being the vice president of a locally-owned community bank provides me with a unique skill set that I can share with the residents of Cocoa Beach. I analyze financial statements for a living, and I am actively engaged in our community, where we are raising our two children. The city has been divided for too long and needs a leader that can bring people together for the common good of the residents and community. I love Cocoa Beach and will strive to make it a nicer place for residents and visitors alike."
Mary Jane Nail
. Age: 69
. City: Cocoa Beach
. Years as resident: 46
. Occupation: retiree - former vice mayor and commissioner of city of Cocoa Beach (from 1995 to 1998) and former congressional staff employee for Congressmen Walden
. Education: Bachelor of Professional Studies
. Organizations affiliated with: volunteer for Meals on Wheels through Grace Communion in Viera, past Cocoa Beach designee to the Brevard County Municipal Planning Organization, past Cocoa Beach designee to the Space Coast League of Cities, former volleyball referee for Brevard County Schools
. Marital status: married for 46 years to Danny, a retired NASA engineer
. Children: three children, one grandchild
. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for Seat 3 on the Cocoa Beach City Commission: "Leadership does matter. I will diligently work to represent residents and small businesses. Unlike my opponent, my thrifty campaign has no "big money" contributions as listed on the www.cityofcocoabeach.com candidate website. With no "special interest" support, my only incentive is to serve the people of our city. I support: long range planning, the two-thirds voter approved low-density, 45-foot building height and the 5/0 unanimous commission vote required to increase height, density, or vacating public lands. Government exists to provide services, not break our bank. Let's keep our family-oriented hometown financially sound, safe and the affordable city we all enjoy! Visit www.maryjanenail.com."
Voters may head to the polls for the General Election on Nov. 6.
For more information, visit www.votebrevard.com.