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Outgoing Council Members Recognized

November 28, 2012

Prior to swearing in new Pensacola City Council members yesterday, outgoing members were honored. Each was given a framed resolution in recognition of their service on the council. “This has been a remarkable trip,” said outgoing…

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Hayward Engages District 7

August 14, 2012

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and a roomful of residents from District 7 covered a myriad of subjects during the latest meeting in the Taking City Hall to the Citizens series. “Do y’all like it when I…

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A New Day?

May 25, 2012

Pensacola City Council President Sam Hall opened up Thursday night’s council meeting by requesting that things stay “upbeat.” “I want Kumbayah tonight,” he said. The president knew the weight of the room’s contentious subtext. Councilwoman Sheri…

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Council Eyes Executive Finalists

May 23, 2012

The Pensacola City Council may select its new council executive tomorrow. The board has been presented with four candidates. “I’m ready to make a selection,” said Councilman Ronald Townsend on Tuesday. “I’m hoping we can go…

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‘Big Boys & Girls’ Clash with Mayor

May 9, 2012

The continuing back-and-forth between the Pensacola City Council and Mayor Ashton Hayward has found its newest venue: the audit selection committee. “I almost wish I didn’t care,” Councilwoman Maren DeWeese charged onto the battlefield. “It’d been…

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Council to Meet Executive Candidates

April 25, 2012

Months after its top candidate flinched just before taking the job, the Pensacola City Council may soon be meeting a few more applicants for its council executive position. The board has been searching for someone to…


What to expect in the mayor’s race

August 25, 2010

Conventional political wisdom says that an incumbent must have 45 percent of the primary vote to win a run-off. If this holds true, then Mike Wiggins is in trouble. However, there are a few mitigating factors:…

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What can one council member do?

February 26, 2010

What can a council member do about crime in her district? Ask Maren DeWeese. For years, her neighborhoods have avoided the Bluffs park on Scenic Highway because of sexual activity happening at that park. It was…

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Buzz: Other races

January 21, 2010

. Some locals have been hoping that another Republican would jump into the State Senate race that now has Greg Evers, Dave Murzin and Mike Hill. The name that I heard most often was former Escambia…


Johnson wins, Marty gone

November 26, 2008

Larry B. Johnson took an early lead in the City Council District 4 run-off and never looked back. He beat incumbent Marty Donovan, 1296-819. Donovan got 37% of the vote in the Nov. 4 General Election.…