Sarasota News Leader

03/15/2013

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AND THEN THERE WERE THREE Suzette Jones lights a cigar for Richard Dorfman, who marked his third-place finish, which placed him in the runoff. Photo by Norman Schimmel ANALYSIS: CITY VOTERS SEND CHAPMAN, ATWELL AND DORFMAN TO THE 'FINALS' By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The six candidates who filed to run for two at-large City Commission seats have now run for office 15 times altogether. Suzanne Atwell, Linda Holland, Pete Theisen and Susan Chapman have each run three times. Richard Dorfman finished his second try this week, leaving Kelvin Lumpkin as the only "virgin" in the bunch. attorney and member of the city's Planning Board. More than $80,000 was raised in campaign contributions of $200 or less per person. Dorfman garnered fully half of the total. Corporate donations are banned by the city charter. While political action committee contributions are allowed, they were miniscule in the When the votes were counted Tuesday eve- race. ning, March 12, three veterans emerged at It was a disappointing fourth-place finish for the top, and they will continue the race to a Holland, a 35-year champion of her Gillespie May 14 finish line. Suzanne Atwell, the cur- Park neighborhood. She has run within her rent mayor and a retired therapist, will face district twice against steep odds because off against Richard Dorfman, a retired sports District 1 is intentionally drawn to favor (and executive and Susan Chapman, a practicing elect) African-American candidates.

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