Richard O'Brien kicks off mayoral campaign Wednesday | News
Bradenton, Florida -- Bradenton mayoral candidate Richard O'Brien kicked off his mobile campaign on his double decker bus Wednesday afternoon.
O'Brien is one of three candidates looking to unseat Mayor Wayne Poston. Poston is looking to be re-elected for a fifth term. Also in the race are City Councilwoman Marianne Barenbey and political newcomer Travis W. Holliday.
O'Brien made a pledge to visit every neighborhood in the city to listen to the voters' concerns and expectations and he kicked off his commitment to reach residents today at noon. O'Brien will use the bus as his mobile headquarters during his campaign for mayor.
“By visiting every neighborhood and listening to the voters I hope to bring a new vision and perspective to the office of the mayor,” O’Brien said in a release. “My vision is to create jobs that will generate tax revenues resulting in a better quality of life for all the citizens of Bradenton.”
O’Brien says he will endeavor to target resources to neighborhoods, not only for job creation but in delivering basic city services and improvements in crime fighting as well.
According to his bio, O'Brien currently teaches International Human Rights at the University of South Florida. He is currently Chairman of the Manatee County Democratic Party.
O'Brien was raised locally. He and his wife, Ani, recently became parents to a pair of newborn twins, John Armen and Annalise Talin who were born on Easter Sunday 2012.