Country Club Shores resident Armando Linde has qualified to run for the at-large commission seat currently held by Commissioner Terry Gans, securing the first commission race for Longboat Key's March election.
Town Clerk Trish Granger confirmed the qualification in an email to commissioners Thursday afternoon.
Linde performed financial work for governments in more than 60 countries for 33 years; he led teams of economists and lawyers that provided financial assistance and economic management structures.
Linde moved three years ago to Longboat Key after retiring from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
When he read a story in the Longboat Observer earlier this year that explained the town’s Investment Advisory Committee was looking for a new member, he applied and got the job. He took on that responsibility after receiving an appointment to the town’s new Longboat Key Firefighters’ Retirement System board of trustees.
Commissioner Terry Gans has already qualified to run for his at-large seat.
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