Until a few weeks ago, Harbourside resident Jack Duncan thought he was running a race for the District 2 Commission seat being vacated by Mayor George Spoll in March.
But after Jack Jaret bowed out of the race in early December, Duncan became the District 2 commissioner-elect.
Duncan, 61, an Ohio native, worked his way up the corporate ladder at Wilmington, Del.,-based Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (now Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals), before moving in 1999 to Longboat Key as a permanent resident.
At the time, Duncan never thought he would become a town commissioner.
But he says he is up for the challenge and has observed Town Hall politics.
And when asked what his main reason for running for a commission seat is, Duncan states emphatically: “economic revitalization.”
“At the end of the day, I want to keep Longboat Key the beautiful showplace it is, but I believe it needs an economic underpinning,” Duncan said. “We need an image that also has a strong economic impact that supports the beauty of this island.”
Duncan shares many concerns with the rest of the commission.
“The island’s plazas need a face lift,” Duncan says.
And Duncan is also a part of a growing majority of commissioners who don’t label tourism as a bad thing.
“We need tourism to survive and bring us future residents,” said Duncan. “But it can be well thought out and planned so it’s not overwhelming.”
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