By Meagan McGone
COCOA BEACH - Three candidates will compete for Seat 2 on the Cocoa Beach City Commission in the upcoming election.
Don John, Tim Tumulty and Barry Plans will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot for the General Election.
After several attempts to obtain his information, Mr. Plans, did not respond in time to be included in this candidate profile.
Basic information about the candidates is as follows:
. Age: 56
. City: Cocoa Beach
. Years as resident: 16
. Occupation: owner and operator of Cocoa Beach Shutter
. Education: graduated from Marlboro High School
. Organizations affiliated with: Cocoa Beach Kiwanis Club and Cocoa Beach Area Merchants Association
. Marital status: single
. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for Seat 2 on the Cocoa Beach City Commission: "In addition to being a small business owner for more than 30 years, I have had the opportunity to give many years of service to the community. I graduated from the city's Citizens Academy, served on the Brightwaters Land Use Committee, served two years on the Cocoa Beach Planning Board and served for six years as a Cocoa Beach City Commissioner. I also spend my business day driving throughout the city. Every day, I see what needs to be done in the city, and owning my own business, I have the flexible schedule to meet with residents who have concerns."
. Age: 48
. City: Cocoa Beach
. Years as resident: three
. Occupation: electrical engineer (rocket scientist) with AVATAR Technologies at Kennedy Space Center
. Education: bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and master's degree in space systems from Florida Institute of Technology
. Organizations affiliated with: volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation
. Marital status: married to wife, Courtney
. Children: one son
. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for Seat 2 on the Cocoa Beach City Commission: "Cocoa Beach has pension problems, 'beach ranger' issues and a need to improve the look of downtown. Before we can solve any of these problems, we need to educate the community on every issue, get their input and sincerely listen to their concerns.
As a commissioner, I'm not going to add unnecessary ordinances to an already burdensome set of regulations. I am going to acquire all the information necessary to make well-educated and thought-out decisions for the betterment of the city.
I'm going to live in Cocoa Beach for the rest of my life. Let's do it together."
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