Monday, June 4, 2012
Richard C. O'Brien, the chairman of the Manatee County Democratic Party, has filed to run for mayor of Bradenton, according to the Manatee County supervisor of elections website.
A political science professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, O'Brien in 2009 lost a city council race to incumbent Patrick Roff by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.
O'Brien joins three other announced candidates for the mayor's seat in Bradenton: incumbent Wayne Poston; city council member Marianne Barnebey; and Travis Holliday.
O'Brien, who has worked with several local nonprofits, declined to comment, saying he would be officially kicking off his campaign with an event at noon Wednesday outside Bradenton City Hall -- complete with an official campaign double decker bus.
The ballot for Nov. 6 election will be set at noon Friday, when the candidate qualifying period ends.
The qualifying period starts at noon Monday.
Posted by Marc R. Masferrer at 9:41 AM