Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent will be on the ballot this November, but only Marathon voters will see his name.
“I feel like I have a lot to offer the city that means so much to me and all my friends,” said Neugent. “I feel like I can contribute by maintaining the contacts I have made over my 20 years as a county commissioner.”
Neugent sailed into Marathon 34 years ago from Louisiana. He owned and operated Porky’s and the Dock-n-Deli while serving on the board of numerous civic organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Pigeon Key, Crane Point and the Economic Development Committee.
In 1998 he won his first race for county commission and has been unopposed or re-elected four more times.
He is confident his 20 years of local, state and federal contacts will help Marathon “go to the next level. One thing I want to see come to fruition is the restoration of the 7 Mile Bridge.”
When the bridge was facing condemnation, Neugent and State Rep. Holly Raschein persuaded state officials to restore the historic structure. Neugent believes the bridge and neighboring Sunset Park will become one of the biggest attractions in Monroe County.
He also understands a council member’s role within city hall and has a deep respect for Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey and the rest of city staff.
“I know who they work for – which is the city manger.”
Marathon has two council seats up for grabs this November. Incumbent Mark Senmartin has said he will run for a third term while current Marathon Mayor Michelle Coldiron runs for the District 2 county commission seat currently held by Neugent. She is running with his support.