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South Pasadena holding commission candidate forum Wednesday

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Contenders for two South Pasadena City Commission seats will appear at a meet-the-candidates forum Wednesday.

Moderated by the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, the event will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the commission chambers in South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S.

The forum will also be simulcast on the city’s cable channel 643.

Dan Calabria, Gigi Esposito and David Magenheimer are running for a pair of open seats on the commission, the two top vote-getters will win the spot. Commissioners Bruce Howry and Arthur Penny have decided not to run for re-election.

Calabria is a former mayor, first elected in 2013, who once faced a removal vote in 2015 for alleged “belligerence” and his behavior with the city clerk another female staff members. Commissioners tabled the recall vote that March.

Magenheimer is an insurance audit consultant in St. Petersburg.

South Pasadena, which has a commission form of government, elects five at-large commission members for three-year terms, one selected as mayor.

The last day for registration is Feb. 13; municipal elections are March 14.

More information on South Pasadena and its government are at

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