BREVARD COUNTY — The city of Melbourne has four candidates running for the seat of mayor, so Hometown News is doing its part to prepare our readers ahead of the General Election on Nov. 3.
Below are the candidate profiles for those interested in becoming your next mayor.
Paul Alfrey, 50, Vice Mayor
Number of years as resident: 50 years
Occupation and company you work for: Small Business Owner, Retired Canine Police Office and Military Veteran
Education: Attended Miami Dade Community College and Seminole State College. Licensed as a Florida Certified Contractor, Home Inspector and Insurance Agent
Marital status: Married
Number of children: Four in household
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “As the current Melbourne Vice Mayor, I am one of the most active elected officials in the community. I built both Pieloch Dog Parks with volunteers and assembled the Bahamas relief sending 100,000 pounds of supplies to those in need.
“Under my leadership the city has completed more infrastructure projects than previous councils, and I hold government accountable. I recently called for a Judicial Legislative Audit after I recovered stolen tax dollars from an internal city invoice scam that targeted our general fund. I have fought for cleaner water and for our Lagoon. Check out www.PaulAlfrey.info for more information.”
Number of years as resident: 35 years
Occupation and company you work for: I am a Licensed Real Estate Agent and a substitute teacher in the Brevard Country Schools
Education: Masters Degree in Theology and an Honorary Doctoral Degree - Light House Bible College, Palm Bay
Marital status: Widow
Number of children: Two children, five grandchildren
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “I have lived in Melbourne for 35 years with 30 years of community service. I served on the Melbourne Downtown Redevelopment Board, the Brevard County Commissioners Citizen Action Board, just to name a few, and ran for Mayor of Melbourne in 2016.
“I am a visionary, challenge-driven servant leader who is excited about the opportunity to continue to expand economic and educational opportunities for all Melbourne residents, while protecting our environment and offering affordable housing and improving trust between our law enforcement and the citizens. My desire is for Melbourne to serve as a model city for other cities to follow.”
CJ Johnson, 31
Number of years as resident: 31 years
Occupation and company you work for: Founder and CEO at Breakpoint Law
Education: Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Florida Southern College, Lakeland; Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern Shepard Board College of Law, Fort Lauderdale; Master’s in Business Administration from University of Florida, Gainesville
Marital status: Married to Sandra
Number of children: One child
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “I have the energy, education and experience to be the next Mayor. I will support small businesses and families by cutting excessive regulations that stifle business and create unnecessary roadblocks for growth.
“We must keep our community safe by supporting our police, fire and EMTs, and adequately fund departments by making their pay and benefits more competitive.
“By creating a strong positive culture, we can ensure the safety of our community. We must properly fund infrastructure to attract businesses and jobs. Protecting our assets is essential to creating the best quality of life for our residents.”
Molly Jean Tasker, 75
Number of years as resident: 20 years in Melbourne, 34 years in Brevard County
Occupation and company you work for: Self-employed, Attorney at Law and Consultant on National Security Issues
Education: Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Juris Doctor; Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Bachelor of Arts (Poli. Sci.); Santa Fe Junior College, Gainesville, FL, Associate of Arts
Marital status: Widow
Number of children: Five step-children, six grandchildren
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “Experienced. MLB City Council, Nov. 2008 - 2016, one year as Vice Mayor. Eight years MLB Airport Board of Directors. Served on Building and Construction Committee and Babcock Street CRA. Twice the experience on Council than any other candidate.
“Effectiveness while on Council is reflected in MLB's exceptional economic development, job growth, improved infrastructure, and revision of ordinances, all successfully addressed.
“Ethical. Member of Florida Bar in good standing, and, ‘duly admitted and qualified as Attorney and Counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States.’ Upon retirement from CIA, was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal for Exceptional Achievement.
“Go to: www.mollytasker.com”