Vero Beach finance committee member files for council race

VERO BEACH — A third Vero Beach resident has filed to run in the Nov. 2 Vero Beach City Council election.

Pilar Turner, a 3-year member on the city’s finance commission and vice president of the Indian River County Taxpayers Association, filed the paperwork Thursday. Turner said she wants to see the city become more financially responsible and rely on financial data prior to making decisions.

“They’re not event asking for it,” Turner said of the current council’s lack of requesting financial figures before voting on city issues.

She said she chose to start her campaign early to give herself more time to get her name out in the public and meet and discuss issues with city residents.

She joins Mayor Kevin Sawnick and former mayor Craig Fletcher who have already filed to run for one of four open seats on the dais.

Three seats are two-year terms and one, currently held by appointed-Councilman Ken Daige, is for a one year term.

Candidates do not need to declare which of the seats they are running for until they turn in their qualifying documentation. The qualifying period runs from Aug. 19 through Sept. 3.

Turner is seeking a 2-year term seat.

Daige was appointed to serve on the Vero Beach City Council until the next election (Nov. 2) after Councilman Charlie Wilson’s ouster.

Vice Mayor Sabe Abell and Councilman Tom White’s seats are also up in the election.

Councilman Brian Heady’s seat is the only one not on the ballot this fall.

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