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In Madeira Beach, seven seek three seats for mayor, City Commission

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At the close of qualifying Friday, seven candidates are stepping forward to run in municipal elections.

Three seats are up for grabs: the mayor and two commissioners:


Travis Palladeno is seeking re-election. He’s being opposed by Margaret Black.

Palladeno has served as Madeira Beach mayor since 2011. He represents the city on and is current chair of the Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. He also represents the city on the county’s Tourist Development Council and the Barrier Island Government Council, or Big C. He is vice president of the Big C. He is the retired owner of Live Wire Fishing Charters.

Black is married to Jim Black, a part-time volunteer coordinator with the city. She is a graduate of Towson State College and has taken banking and finance courses. She says she has been told by several people that she is the “voice of reason.”

Black adds, “I hope to be that, but mostly I want the peoples’ voice to be heard.”

District 3

This seat was held by Elaine Poe until her resignation in December. Ingrid Ferro-Spilde was chosen to fill the seat until the March 14 election when she will be one of the voters’ options. Her opponent is Nancy Oakley.

Before her appointment to the commission, Ferro-Spilde served on the Planning and Zoning board. A Pinellas County native, she is a certified clinical research coordinator.

Oakley is a former Madeira Beach city commissioner, having served on the commission for six years. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University in computer science with a minor in math and business administration.

District 4

The seat is held by Housh Ghovaee, who was appointed last summer after Pat Shontz resigned.

Ghovaee, owner of Northside Engineering in Clearwater, is running to retain the seat. He is opposed by John Douthirt and David Hitterman.

Douthirt holds two bachelors’ degrees, one in business from Florida State University, the other in accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Hitterman is a business owner who has lived in Pinellas County since 1979.

The election is March 14.

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