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Three compete for Melbourne District 3 seat
Rating: 2.29 / 5 (31 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Nov 02 - 00:38



By Chris Fish




MELBOURNE - Three candidates will vie to fill the District 3 seat on the Melbourne City Council in the upcoming election.

Hazel Buggs, Cleave Frink and Harry Goode will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Basic information about the candidates is as follows:



Hazel Buggs

. Age: 60

. City: Melbourne

. Years as resident: 28

. Occupation: Realtor with Equinox Realty in Melbourne

. Education: Master of theology and honorary doctorate of divinity from Lighthouse Bible College in Palm Bay

. Organizations affiliated with: Vice chairwoman of the Melbourne Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board to the Melbourne City Council, officer on the South Brevard Branch NAACP Executive Board, chartered member of the Space Coast National Congress of Black Women, executive board member of Our Father's Project, member of the South Brevard Democratic Women's Club, former president of the South Melbourne Neighborhood Redevelopment Extension Committee

. Marital status: widowed

. Children: two children, five grandchildren

. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for this seat: "I am a leader. I became a volunteer on the Melbourne Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board to the council eight years ago. My experience there has prepared me to appreciate the work of the Melbourne Council and want to expand my service to the city of Melbourne by running to represent District 3. As their representative, I will have an open-door policy to build a good working relationship between the citizens and myself. A win for me is a win for my district and the city of Melbourne."



Cleave Frink

. Age: 68

. City: Melbourne

. Years as resident: 50

. Occupation: retired

. Education: Bachelor of Science in business management from Rollins College in Winter Garden, studied law and public administration at the University of Florida, graduated from School of Theology Faith Christian University, special training in finance accounting from the Association of Government Accounting

. Organizations affiliated with: Chairman of the Melbourne Citizens Advisory Board for more than 20 years; served on the National Industrial Relations Council; served on seven U.S. Congressional Citizens' Boards; Chairman of the Brevard County Personnel Arbitration Board

. Marital status: married to wife Fronitta

. Children: Two children and four grandchildren

. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for this seat: "To bring new innovated and informed ideas to the council that would improve efficiency and operations; to bridge the gap between the constituents, who feel disenfranchised and less informed regarding city operations; hold informal, consistent constituent meetings and allow their voices, with complete awareness, to be heard during council meetings and especially during council voting; create a youth mentorship program for my district and encourage more youth to become involved in all phases of city government-this will receive high priority.



Harry Goode

. Age: 74

. City: Melbourne

. Years as resident: 69

. Occupation: mayor of Melbourne

. Education: Attended Florida Southern and University of Maryland

. Organizations affiliated with: Served as mayor from 1979-86 and 2004-12; served in the Florida House of Representatives for 14 years; served as the city's voting delegate/director on the Space Coast League of Cities; appointed to the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Mayors in November 2005; member of the Florida League of Cities Advocacy Committee and the Florida League of Cities Federal Action Strike Team; served on the Melbourne Airport Authority

. Marital status: widowed

. Children: one child, two grandchildren

. In 100 words, explain what makes you the best candidate for this seat: "I lend continuity to the city. I have served as mayor for five terms and as a state legislator for seven. I will bring all of that together for the city. I also have a relationship with Senator Nelson. I've been to D.C., and I can get things done for the city."



Voters may head to the polls in the General Election on Nov. 6.

For more information, visit www.votebrevard.com.

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