Vero Council candidates introduced at forum

VERO BEACH — Six candidates running for two seats for City Council in the upcoming nonpartisan election answered questions at a Taxpayers’ Association of Indian River County forum.

The candidates for the Nov. 7 election are incumbent Harry Howle, Val Zudans, Randy Old, Jay Kramer, Megan Hoots and Brian Heady. There is neither early voting nor primaries this year, and the deadline to vote by mail is Nov. 1.

The meeting, hosted by Taxpayers’ Association President John Kistler, was held shortly before noon Wednesday at the Vero Beach Country Club, 800 30th St. More than 100 people, including city and county officials and representatives from the School District, were in attendance.

The candidates answered questions on topics such as the 2035 comprehensive plannarrowing the Twin Pairs, parking on the beach and downtown, 2 or 3 -year city council terms, tax increases, partial or full sale of Vero Beach Electric Utilities and how to fund the conservation of the Indian River Lagoon.

Howle is the only incumbent seeking re-election, and one city council seat is being vacated by councilman Dick Winger. Kramer is a former mayor, Old is a former vice-mayor and Heady is a former councilman.

Zudans served an appointed stint on the Indian River Hospital District Board and Hoots is a newcomer to public office.


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