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Bradenton Herald recommends Patrick Roff for Bradenton City Council, Ward 3

Patrick Roff has proven time and time again to be an ardent promoter of the city of Bradenton and progress in economic and neighborhood revitalization. As the incumbent Ward 3 city council member, Roff has established a strong record of community service with numerous appointments to civic endeavors and boards.

In co-founding the Historic Ware's Creek Neighborhood Assocation before joining the city council, Roff demonstrated his commitment to city improvements. His assistance on shepherding the Ware's Creek Flood Control Project, finally under way after decades of discussion, reflects that dedication as well.

Today, he's set his sights on another neighborhood in need of revival, the one directly west of 14th Street West. The Tamiami Trail corridor -- including Village of the Arts, east of 14th -- is pivotal to the continuing renaissance of downtown, as he correctly embraces. Removing blight, increasing property values and decreasing crime, all to boost the city's quality of life, are essential policies for progress. Roff plans to follow the same home improvement blueprint he successfully implemented for Ware's Creek.

A resident of the historic neighborhood, he continues to organize and fund Ware's Creek cleanups twice a year. Keep Manatee Beautiful has recognized Roff for this public service.

His vision for downtown includes attracting more residential projects under the New Urbanism concept as well as the development of the raw land that separates Village of the Arts and downtown, connecting the two more strongly. That furthers Realize Bradenton's cultural place-making master plan as pivotal to the economy and quality of life here.

As the owner and operator of a successful arboriculture business, he knows how to manage budgets and spending -- in a frugal manner, he says. Bradenton just approved a good budget, he notes, the first since 2007 and the recession and one that will allow greater advances in city building.

His service on civic boards is extensive, including the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Realize Bradenton, Manasota League of Cities and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Committee.

Roff's opponent in this nonpartisan contest in the Nov. 4 election is Paul Thomas, retired from the city of Bradenton as an electrician and instrument technician and also retired from the Florida National Guard.

Roff's successful tenure on the council and his passionate service to the community through other avenues merit another term. The Herald recommends Patrick Roff for Bradenton City Council.

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