Bradenton City Council member Marianne Barnebey on Thursday announced via email that she is challenging incumbent Mayor Wayne Poston in the Nov. 6 election.
Here is the email:
Bradenton City Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey will enter the mayor’s race for this November’s election.
“After receiving encouragement from many citizens and business owners in our community, I have decided to run for mayor. We all want our community to prosper. We have serious issues we must face to maintain and improve our quality of life for all. I will remain committed to the citizens as we continue to move forward together and look forward to hearing from all the citizens of Bradenton.”
“I believe I have the vision and the ability to pull our community together in order to operate an open and transparent government. I will be asking the citizens to voice their concerns and opinions through traditional channels as well as newer technologies.”
“We have tremendous opportunities with the redevelopment of our downtown and neighborhoods. For our community to be successful with this, it is critical that the city government listen to the citizens who pay for the government.”
Mrs. Barnebey has served on the City Council since 1998. She is the founder and coordinator of Winter Wonderland, a family friendly festival in downtown Bradenton held in December. She serves on the boards of the Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program, ArtCenter Manatee, the Gold Star Club and Crimestoppers. She is the chair of the Manatee County Library Board of Trustees and is a founding member and soloist of Faith United Methodist Church.
In the past Mrs. Barnebey has served as Chair of the Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Plannning Organization and is still the City's representative on that board. She has served on the boards of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness and Just for Girls Inc. SRQ Magazine has awarded the Best Local Official in Bradenton toMrs.Barnebey for the past two years.