Tom Milone says he is offering District 1 voters a choice for leadership, just like he did in 2009 when he tried to oust Jimmy Weekley from the City Commission.
"About an hour after the polls close we'll find out," Milone said at a recent election forum when asked why he's running a second time. "I have things to say to the voters. Public safety is at the top of my list and the need to diversify the economy. I'd like to see us lobby the Navy aggressively to persuade the military to expand; more civilian jobs for locals."
Milone, a New York native who retired to Key West in 2001, wants the city to invest in surveillance cameras to help prosecute crimes.
Improved street lighting and computerized crime-mapping available online would better serve resident safety, Milone said.
He has personal experience with street violence: In July 2009, Milone was attacked by four young men while walking home in Old Town at about 9 p.m.
"I'm fully satisfied with the services I received by the Key West Police Department and the state attorney's office," Milone said. "It would have helped if we had surveillance cameras."
Three of the four attackers received prison time, as the fourth cooperated with police. Milone has no memory of the attack and there were no witnesses.
Milone has raised $1,500 and spent $1,285, having loaned himself all of the cash and accepting a $75 donation of services from a design firm.