Three men vie for a seat on the Destin City Council

City Council Candidates

Destin residents will choose between Rodney Braden (not pictured), Jim Foreman and Andy Stempki at the Nov. 6 election. The candidate chosen will fill the remainder of the term vacated by former Councilman Larry Hines.

Special to The Log
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM.

With the General Election a little more than a month away, Destinties will have three men to choose from as they elect a new city councilman Nov. 6 — Rodney Braden, Jim Foreman and Andy Stempki.

The special election will be held to fill the seat that was vacated by former Councilman Larry Hines, who stepped down from his seat to run unsuccessfully for Okaloosa County Commissioner. The candidate elected will be sworn in Nov. 19 and will serve the remainder of Hines’ term, which expires March 2014.

Foreman currently holds the seat, on an interim basis, after city leaders unanimously appointed him Aug. 20.

Ahead of the election, The Log asked each of the candidates why they decided to run and what they thought the biggest issue in Destin was. The candidates also provided a brief bio of themselves.

Braden, who owns a local handyman business, didn’t return almost a dozen calls from The Log.

Jim Foreman has been a resident of Destin for almost 30 years and has served on various city committees and city council for almost 20 years. He previously served Destin residents on the council dais from March 1996 to March 2000 and from March 2002 to March 2006. Foreman is a retired U.S. Army serviceman.

Andrew Stempki has lived in Destin for almost 7 years, was college educated in political science and history, and for the last 6 years, has been a part of Destin’s lifeblood – the tourism industry. In that important sector of our economy, he says, “I’ve built a business that has brought quality entertainment to our tourists - Emerald Coast Sailing.” Stempki has also been active in Destin’s government, serving on the Recreation and Harbor CRA Boards.

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