MANATEE — Manatee County Commissioner-elect Michael Gallen will be able to deliver a first-person lecture on the political process to his Lakewood Ranch High American government class today.
Gallen, a 36-year-old teacher and attorney, will tell his students how a political newcomer with an established family name can knock off an entrenched incumbent despite being outspent by a wide margin.
Gallen eased his way past Commissioner Gwen Brown on Tuesday night in the District 2 primary, collecting 3,606 votes, or 55.9 percent, to the incumbent’s 2,845 votes, or 44.1 percent. Because the two Democrats were the only candidates running, Gallen will claim the District 2 seat in 2011.
“Tomorrow, I’ll kind of open the book of how everything played out. That’ll be fun for me to do,” Gallen said early Tuesday night while enjoying a family party at the northwest Bradenton home of his father, Circuit Court Judge Tom Gallen.