Marathon Politics: City Council Candidate Profiles

Marathon Politics: City Council Candidate Profiles

Name: “Bicycle Joanie” Nelson

Age: 68

Years in Marathon: Almost 40 years

Education: M.A. in English Literature, 3 Years at University of Hawaii on state grant

Occupation: Food Tester, Waitress, Bartender and Former School Teacher

Family: Two sons

Please explain the most pressing issue in your term once elected and/or elaborate on why you decided to run for office/election.
Bicycle Joanie’s dedication to the “little people” of Marathon has been well documented, and her passion is often on display during Marathon City Council meetings, particularly when any kind of development agreement comes before the council. For years, she has run for numerous political offices and nearly won on more than one occasion.

“Some people don’t like me using the term ‘little people’ but I took that from Gulliver’s Travels,” she explained. “Basically, I’m running for office because I don’t think any of them [the current council] are strong enough or fight hard enough for the people that have been consistently squeezed out of the Keys in the last 40 years.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Dick Ramsay

Age: 68

Hometown: Marathon

Years in the Keys: 38 years

Occupation: retired businessman

Family: Thea, wife of 49 years; three children: Laura Gratton, Rick Ramsay and Beth Ramsay and proud grandfather of Tara, Leia and Josh.

Please explain the most pressing issue in your term once elected and/or elaborate on why you decided to run for office/re-election.
I love the City of Marathon and have enjoyed filling the campaign promises I made to our residents two years ago. Since 2008, I spearheaded a lateral sewer summit to help save our residents’ money; established an online permitting process to make building and renovations easier for our citizens; renegotiated or closed stalled development agreements to push the economy; and sponsored a Local Preference Ordinance to help our locally owned businesses secure government contracts.

But my work for the City of Marathon is not done. Once re-elected, my primary objective will be to complete what I have already started, which is to establish a Port of Entry office in Marathon. This would open our town to the global marketplace by enabling international travelers and cargo to clear customs right here in Marathon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Larry Shaffer

Age: 59

Hometown: Marathon

Years in the Keys: Going on 15 years

Education: High school, 25-years military, and St. Leo College

Occupation: Marathon Florida Keys Journal Publisher

Family: I love my three grown children, but twelve grandchildren are much better!

Please explain the most pressing issue in your term once elected and/or elaborate on why you decided to run for office/re-election.
The city must work on long-term decision-making regarding jobs, economy and budgeting. Marathon’s next decade is critical to our successful future. Let us put together a job exchange to get all those in Marathon offering jobs connected to all those Marathoners needing a job, locals for locals. Every dollar that stays in the city comes back to us three-fold. Let us collaborate with small mom-and-pop businesses to preserve them as well as attracting suitable new businesses into our city. Let us budget responsibly without endangering safety, health and environment. I am running for city council to serve all of Marathon’s residents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Ginger Snead

Age: 48

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Years in the Keys: 17 years

Education: Master’s in Biological Sciences, Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Occupation: Physical Therapist

Family: Daughter Nikki; Son Tony; Stepdaughter Kerri; and five beautiful grandchildren

Please explain the most pressing issue in your term once elected and/or elaborate on why you decided to run for office/re-election.
The most pressing issue I see facing Marathon is the completion of the entire waste/storm water project including re-paving of all roads and restoration of all neighborhoods.  In conjunction with the completion of these efforts, I believe making Marathon a more attractive place for people to visit, live and have businesses is paramount.  These are just the obvious issues that face Marathon.  There are many more issues that would require more than 100 words to properly address. Please email or Facebook me with your thoughts and ideas as the real issues facing Marathon are those that the residents view as important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: John Vassil

Age:  63

Hometown: Commack, NY

Years in the Keys:  24

Education: BA Biology, BS Pharmacy

Occupation: Retired pharmacist, former pharmacy owner and Walgreens pharmacy manager

Family: Son and Daughter

Please explain the most pressing issue in your term once elected and/or elaborate on why you decided to run for office/re-election.
I have provided service to the community as a pharmacist since 1986. My late wife, Diana, graduated high school and served as an optometrist in Marathon. I have raised a son and daughter who are now 20 and 16.

I have listened to and helped people in this community innumerable times. I have an open mind, sense of fairness and a wish continue serving the city of Marathon.

I understand the nuances of running a successful business:  working with a budget providing, customer service, problem solving and being proactive.

I will offer fiscal prudence; having a realistic capital improvement budget; maintaining public access to city government; being ombudsman for the people and businesses of the city; and represent all the people, not just selected constituents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name:  Pete Worthington

Age: 53

Hometown: Marathon

Years in the Keys: 38

Education: Graduated Marathon High 1974, some college courses and special training, Ocean Operator Master, 100 ton CG license since 1979

Occupation: Self-employed for 35 years through Charter Fishing and as a Commercial Fisherman; also a State License Boat Dealer 15 years.

Family: Married for 35 years to my wife Trich; two children, Eddy and Kimberly; and a great dog, Ally

Please explain the most pressing issue in your term once elected and/or elaborate on why you decided to run for office/re-election.
I have been involved with the city as a councilman going on seven years. I want to see the completion of our wastewater and storm water project. I have been involved in this project before the city took it over from FKAA. I am proud the city has secured almost $ 21,000,000 in grants to build this project to date.

I have been very involved with the successful Boot Key Harbor improvements and would like to see that to completion with the new docks coming in the future.

Most importantly, I want to maintain fiscal responsibility through the difficult economic times our residents and businesses have been facing, and I’ll continue to support economic development for our businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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