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Issues and Voices that Matter July 29, 2010

Casselberry City Commission Candidates

Casselberry Candidates Doerner & Tull (Collage -- CMF Public Media)

Casselberry, Florida City Commission seat #1 will be filled by the voters in the election on August 24, 2010. The candidates are incumbent Susan Doerner and challenger Craig A. Tull. Ms. Doerner is seeking her 3rd and final term on the commission and Mr. Tull decided to jump into the race after a conflict with the city commission over parking work vehicles in residential neighborhoods. They discuss that issue and the budget crisis, plans for a city center and their vision for Casselberry.

Feature length 23:01

Produced, reported and edited by Desta Horner

Casselberry will hold its election for city commission seat #1 on August 24, 2010. Each of the 5 elected commissioners hold office for 4 years and are term-limited to 3 terms. While each commissioner represents a geographical district, they are elected at large by all the voters of Casselberry. These are part-time policy setting positions with the daily city administration in the hands of a city manager. Casselberry has a population of approximately 25,000 and is located in southernmost Seminole County Florida. Casselberry has its own police and fire departments. Currently, Casselberry like every city in Florida is facing severe budget constraints caused by declining property tax revenues.

Susan Doerner has served on the city commission for the past 8 years. She voted to purchase the two portions of land on the lake near the city hall for future development as a city core or city center. She opposes any tax or fee increases and cautions that this will require additional cuts to the budget.

Challenger Craig A Tull became involved with city politics when he was directly affected by a city ordinance that restricted the parking of work vehicles in residential areas. He subsequently regularly attended and recorded city commission meetings. He spoke out at a number of those meetings and this year decided to run for office saying, “If they won’t hear me on this side of the table, maybe they will if I’m on their side of the table.”

Voters who wish to vote early can do so August 9-22. Casselberry’s closest early voting site is the Central Library on Oxford St. It is open from 10am to 6pm weekdays and noon to 4pm on weekends.

Absentee ballots may be requested by calling (407) 585-8683.

Extended Interview & Pictures

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Susan Doerner, incumbent and, candidate for City of Casselberry, Florida, Commission seat #1  (Photo - CMF Public Media)
Susan Doerner extended interview
Length – 32:14

Craig A Tull, candidate for City of Casselberry, Florida, Commission seat #1  (Photo - CMF Public Media)
Craig A. Tull extended interview
Length – 21:01


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