BREVARD COUNTY — The clock is ticking as candidates for the Nov. 3 General Election prepare to face off in the coming races.

Two candidates will vie for the Canaveral Port Authority, Dist. 4 seat and only one will be elected.

Hometown News is providing candidate profiles, so that our readers can become familiar with those who would like to serve Brevard County residents.

Paul “Coach” Kellem, 54, Merritt Island

Party affiliation: Democrat

Number of years as resident: 54 years

Occupation and company you work for: Financial Secretary with International Longshoremen Association

Education: Edward Waters College, Jacksonville.

Marital status: Single

Number of children: Three children

What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “As a Merritt Island native and a 17-year Longshoremen at Port Canaveral, I have first-hand day-to-day knowledge of the needs at Port Canaveral and the community at large:

1. Support our cruise and cargo

2. Provide better infrastructure

3. Increase tourism

4. Bring more jobs to the area

5. Protect our environment and ecosystem

6. Listen to our residents, boaters and fishermen”

Kevin Markey, 57, Merritt Island

Party affiliation: Republican

Number of years as resident: 50 years

Occupation and company you work for: Self-employed attorney

Education: Bachelor of Science in Finance from University of Florida, Gainesville.

Juris Doctorate in Law, Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Marital status: Married

Number of children: Two children

What makes you the best candidate for this seat?: “I have served as general counsel for the Titusville Cocoa Airport Authority, and currently serve as general counsel to Eastern Florida State College. I have served as assistant city attorney for Cape Canaveral and have appeared as an advocate before government boards, so I am very familiar with how government institutions function. I am legal counsel to a large cross section of businesses so I have a very good understanding about how businesses are impacted by government decisions and policies.”

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