Second candidate steps into race for Marathon City Council

A Marathon businesswoman and longtime volunteer is running for one of two seats on the City Council open for election this November.

Michelle Coldiron, 53 and married with one child, owns Global Health Connections Inc. She was appointed to the city's Code Compliance Board and has volunteered with Take Stock in Children and the Grace Jones Day Care Center.

"I believe our future matters and I want to make sure Marathon continues to be the best place to raise children, come to for vacation and to retire," said Coldiron, who has been lived in Marathon 16 years. "I want to make sure infrastructure like day cares, housing, great schools and hospitals are in place."

One other person has declared to run, Nick Antonelli, owner of Nick's Fitness Express.

Prior to starting her business two years ago, Coldiron worked for the state Guardian ad Litem program as a coordinator for Marathon and Key West, advocating in court for abused and neglected children. Coldiron said her experience helping families and running a small business will allow her to empathize with many residents.

When it comes to ongoing issues like the city's wastewater system, Coldiron said the City Council should have long-range plans.

"I would like to see everyone educated on the issue. We should have an open forum with the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, our Utilities Department, contractors and other professionals and then make an educated decision from there," Coldiron said. "I make decisions that are fact based and transparent."

The terms of Vice Mayor Mark Senmartin and Councilman Richard Keating expire in November.

Last November, voters approved switching council terms from two years to three. Under the longer terms, councilmen and women can serve two consecutive terms instead of the current three. Senmartin will have served one two-year term. Keating will be term-limited out.