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Two elected unopposed to Madeira Beach City Commission

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Two Madeira Beach City Commissioners cruised to easy re-election Tuesday when no one filed against them before the qualifying deadline for the race passed. District 1 Commissioner Terry Lister and District 2’s Nancy Hodges will represent voters in their districts for another two years.

Lister is a retired marine having served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974 until 1976. He moved to Madeira Beach in 1978 and was married at the city’s popular Church by the Sea in 1982. Lister purchased the home he now lives in on Boca Ciega Bay in 1986.

This will be Lister’s sixth two-year term. He also won unopposed in 2014. In 2012 Lister defeated John Anthony in an election that played off several city missteps including the loss of several key employees including the City Manager and City Clerk, among others.

Hodges has been on the Board of City Commissioners since 2011. She formerly owned Metro Insurance Company in Jacksonville for 13 years. She also previously served as a human resources assistant for CVS.

Hodges won re-election against Billy Wright in 2014. Hodges is a Boca Ciega High School graduate.

City Commissioners do not have term limits. They face re-election every two years. It is not uncommon for Commissioners to get elected unopposed.

City Commissioners earn just $400 a month for their part-time service.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email [email protected]

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