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Getting to know your 3 City Commission candidates - meet Pat O'Neal

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Name of Candidate: Pat O’Neal

Political Office Sought: Cedar Key City Commission, Seat 3

Type of Race: Local

Party Affiliation: None listed

Profession: Levy County Economic Development Officer

Education: Gainesville High School; BA, University of Arkansas; JD, University of Florida; Post Graduate Work in International Relations, Human Resource Development, and Program Planning and Evaluation UF; Community Development Institute—UCA; Post Graduate study in Law St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford

Family Information: N/a

Organization Affiliations: Emergency Support Fucntion- 18 Director for Levy County (Business and Tourism); Member, Gulf Coast Oil Spill Committee representing Florida League of Cities, Cedar Key, and Levy County; Vice-Chair, North Florida Broadband Authority; 1st Vice President, Suwannee River League of Cities; Director, North Florida Economic Development Partnership; Community Development Society; Florida Economic Development Council; International Economic Development Council; Alpha Zeta—Agricultural Leadership Fraternity.

Political Experience: Cedar Key City Commissioner - 3 terms

Why are you running for this office? To finish what we have started, in terms of, improving roads, water and sewer systems, broadband capability, out- side boat ramp and marina area for our future generations. And, because it’s been a privilege to serve Cedar Key for the last three terms.

What do you believe are the top issues? My top issue is to maintain programs and departments with limited resources without having to cut people and jobs. Other issues are, to keep our quality of life here and actually improve it by trying to have a better focus on why people like Cedar Key and how can they spend more time here. Although that is a Chamber issue, the City needs to partner with other organizations such as the Chamber and the Aquaculture Association to keep improving our eco- nomic climate. Many organizations need to learn to forge better and stronger partnerships in order to continue the bet- terment of our community.