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Bay County League of Women Voters Hosts Mexico Beach Candidate Forum

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Mary Blackburn - Group 2 Candidate Mary Blackburn - Group 2 Candidate
Tanya Castro - Group 4 Candidate Tanya Castro - Group 4 Candidate
Jeff Tendler - Group 5 Candidate Jeff Tendler - Group 5 Candidate

Residents of Mexico Beach get to know some of the candidates for City Council.

The Bay County League of Women Voters held a Candidate Forum at the Mexico Beach Civic Center on Tuesday night.

Three of the six candidates were present and they included: Mary Blackburn, Tanya Castro, and Jeff Tendler.

They each answered questions on a variety of issues ranging from concerns on the Parker House to saving taxpayer dollars.

Candidates told us what their main goals are if they are elected.

"To first of all get our canal master plan project complete, I think that's a critical need for our community, address the storm water issues that we have here in Mexico Beach; those would be my top two priorities and, of course, the City hall project. We need to get that underway and figure out what's in the best interest of the taxpayer and take care of that," said Group 4 Candidate Tanya Castro.

"Create an atmosphere where people feel comfortable in voicing their concerns in public meetings; we need the voice of the people. I would also like to ensure that in budget meetings we go line by line, that our obvious goal is not just to raise the millage rate; that should be last on our agenda. The first thing is to provide services and save taxpayer dollars," said Group 2 Candidate, Mary Blackburn.

"To try to use the taxpayers money more wisely; I think our millage rate is too high because we are spending money in ways that could probably be done better or ways that we could streamline that expense and make it not so large," said Group 5 Candidate, Jeff Tendler.

Election Day is next Tuesday, April 22nd.