George Mendez files to run for Bradenton City Council seat

BRADENTON -- George Mendez, a member of the Manatee County Planning Commission, today filed to run as a candidate for the Bradenton City Council Ward 2 seat.

He retired in 2006 as a transit planner with Manatee County government, and is now the tour guide at Port Manatee. He is also owner of George's Disc Jockey Service, based in Bradenton.

Mendez was a member of the initial marketing committee for "Realize Bradenton," and has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Redevelopment Committee since 1998.

The Ward 2 seat is currently held by Marianne Barnebey, who is expected to resign in January 2013 to pursue a bid for the job of Bradenton mayor.

“According to city charter I would have to resign the Ward 2 seat in order to accept, should citizens choose to elect me, to the seat of mayor,” Barnebey told The Herald recently.

Barnebey will need to submit a letter of resignation at least 10 days prior to the candidate qualifying period, which starts at noon June 4 and ends at noon June 8. The resignation would take effect in January before newly-elected officials are inaugurated.

Barnebey’s seat would become available for any qualified candidate who wishes to be on the Nov. 6 ballot, Bill Lisch, city attorney, has said previously.

The new Ward 2 representative would then serve until 2014, he said.