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Langley, Haycock vie for Longboat Commission seat

Mike Haycock along with his wife and children in left photo, and Randy Langley with his wife and children in right photo.

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

Although there are three seats up in the March 2019 Town Commission election, only the District At-Large seat is contested.

Longboat Key residents Randy Langley and Mike Haycock will soon be appealing to voters to replace incumbent Commissioner Jim Brown who is stepping down after his term ends in March.

Langley was narrowly defeated last year in a race against current Vice Mayor Ed Zunz. Haycock currently sits on the town Planning and Zoning Board and this will be his first election bid.

“I want the commission to focus on policy and allow the Town Manager and staff to run the town. Right now the majority of the current commissioners want to run the town as opposed to simply set policy,” Langley told Longboat Key News.

Langley positions himself as outside the current fold of Town Hall and championing new thinking and fresh ideas. Conversely, Haycock wants to build on his experience on the Planning and Zoning Board.

He hopes to bring his background in upper management to the commission.

“I think we have seven very dedicated commissioners, I’m not running against the commission,” said Haycock.

Langley, the son of a Florida State Senator, has worked for almost three decades in land development and the housing industry, and is a private business owner.

Haycock was hired by Proctor and Gamble as an engineer and ended up running the production plants for P&G. Haycock was then hired by Tropicana as the Vice President of Engineering. Haycock was also appointed to the Sarasota Citrus Commission

Haycock lives on Longboat Key with his wife, Lyn and they have four children and ten grandchildren.

Langley lives on Longboat Key with his wife, Charlotta and their two children.

Longboat Key News will feature in depth interviews in coming weeks on key election issues with both candidates.

The election will be held on March 19, 2019.

The other two candidates are current commissioners Mayor George Spoll and Jack Daly, and they will not have to face any challengers in the re-election to their seats.

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