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Political committee chair running for Vero Beach Council

VERO BEACH – The chair of a political committee has filed to run for the Vero Beach City Council.

Tracy Carroll, chairwoman of Operation Clean Sweep, has filed to run for a 2-year term seat on the council. She becomes the sixth Vero Beach resident to file for the November race.

Carroll has served on the Board of Directors of the Homeless Family Center, Girl Scouts, and the Vero Beach Recreation Advisory Board.

Last December, Carroll applied for the council seat vacated by ousted Councilman Charlie Wilson.

As chair of Operation Clean Sweep, Carroll has led a group of grass-roots volunteers in their quest to obtain city voter signatures on a petition to modify the city’s charter to require the sale of the electric utility – if a good offer were presented that retires all utility debt.

Carroll joins Mayor Kevin Sawnick, Dean Heran, Craig Fletcher, Richard Kennedy and Pilar Turner in the race for four seats on the dais.

Those whose seats are up this November include Sawnick, Vice Mayor Sabe Abell, Councilman Tom White, and Councilman Ken Daige, who was appointed to fill Wilson’s open seat until the next municipal election.

As such, there are two types of seats available for candidates to choose – the one-year term seat currently held by Daige, and the two-year term seat held by the other council members.

Candidates are expected to announce which of the two seats they are running for by the time they file their qualification papers during the qualifying period. That qualifying period runs from Aug. 19 through Sept. 3.

The only one whose seat is safe on the dais come the election is Councilman Brian Heady.

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