By Chris Fish
MELBOURNE - Two candidates will vie to fill the District 1 seat on the Melbourne City Council in the upcoming election.
Mike Nowlin and Tim Thomas will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Basic information about the candidates is as follows:
. Age: 54
. City: Melbourne
. Years as resident: 54
. Occupation: Lead technician with Florida Power & Light
. Education: Brevard Community College
. Organizations affiliated with: Transportation Planning Organization, Space Coast League of Cities, Citizens for Florida Waterways
. Marital status: Married 32 years to wife, Donna
. Children: one son and one grandson
. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for this seat: "As the incumbent, I have been your voice on the city council for the past four years. I will continue to listen to you, the people, and work on your behalf. Some highlights from the last four years are: I was the only council member to vote NO to raising water rates starting in 2014. I have reduced the number of vehicles and equipment purchased for replacement. I have pushed to pave more miles of street and make sidewalk repairs more than any other councilmember. I am endorsed by your Melbourne Police and Fire departments."
. Age: 47
. City: Melbourne
. Years as resident: six
. Occupation: Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Senior Army JROTC instructor at Viera High School
. Education: Bachelor of Science in Government from Auburn University in Alabama, Masters of Administration from Central Michigan University and graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College
. Organizations affiliated with: Vice president of the Republican Men's Club of Brevard
. Marital status: Married19 years to wife, Heather
. Children: three
. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for this seat: "A poor economy and declining property values are the major problems facing Melbourne. I will pursue policies to entice businesses to locate to Melbourne to provide jobs and money into our economy, which will expand our tax base. I will be vigilant in finding ways to reduce the size, scope and cost of government, while continuing to provide services that are critical - police, fire and water - to our residents. People are struggling to make ends meet, and I will make it my mission to be the tax payer's advocate on the Melbourne City Council."
Voters may head to the polls in the General Election on Nov. 6.
For more information, visit www.votebrevard.com.