MARATHON -- C.J. Geotis, a former deputy city manager, has announced his intention to run for a seat on the Marathon City Council.
"I just think that the city needs some direction from a working guy, somebody who just wants to keep everything consistent. I want to make sure the city government should be helping the people as much as possible," he said.
Geotis said the most important issue facing the city is financial -- paying off the loans used to build the city sewage system.
"We have to make sure that we pay for it and collect the money owed to us from other government entities," he said.
Of the five seats on the Marathon City Council, three will be up for grabs on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot. Mayor Pete Worthington has served three consecutive terms, beginning in 2006, and reached a term limit as outlined by Marathon's city charter. Council members Ginger Snead and Dick Ramsay, who have served on the council since 2008, are also up for reelection.
Ramsay told the Free Press he will decide whether or not to run again by the end of May.
"I've been encouraged by tons of people to run and certainly I am considering it. Right at this moment, I'm not ready to make any commitment," Ramsay said.
Snead has also said she is considering another run but has yet to commit definitively.
Marathon's council members are elected at-large, which means seats will be awarded to the top three vote getters. Larry Shaffer, who ran unsuccessful campaigns for council in 2004 and 2010, filed to run in January.
Geotis said he's currently employed as a business consultant and grants writer. Previously he was the deputy city manager of Marathon from 2005 to 2008, during Mike Puto's reign as city manager. He came to town 12 years ago, initially to run the city's homeless shelter. He's also worked at the Guidance Care-Center.
Previous work experience includes marketing director for a substance abuse shelter, marketing director for a psychiatric center and a case manager for a juvenile street crime task force.
Geotis also writes a fishing column for the Key West Citizen and the Florida Keys Free Press, and he recently published a book, "Florida Keys Fish Stories."
"I love the Florida Keys. I love boating, fishing and diving," Geotis said. "And I want to make sure the city government is helping the people as much as possible."
Geotis is married to Loretta, his wife of eight years, and has a grown daughter living in Boston.