Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Augustine Airport Authority

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Augustine Airport Authority

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JOSEPH J. LOPINTO JR.

GROUP 4

Age: 62

Previous office: None.

Education: Bachelor's degree, Adelphi University.

Occupation: Retired airline captain; owner of Andover Consulting Group.

Family: Wife of 32 years, Patricia; two children.

Web site: sites.google.com/site/josephjlopintojr

What are the two most important issues? Fiscal responsibility to taxpayers. "Reduce ad valorem millage rate, commit to being off the tax rolls by fiscal year 2010, continue effective budgeting and execution of the plan [and] maximize federal and state grant programs." Funding the future. "Seek out profitable and sustainable business models. ... " Community sensitivity. "Increase awareness of airport's positive economic impact within the county and region; facilitate noise abatement and mitigation programs. ..."

How can your leadership style contribute to the office? "I have a professional background that spans over 40 years in the aviation and air transportation industries. ..."

HERBERT L. RIPPE

GROUP 5

Age: 56

Previous office: None.

Education: Bachelor's degree, University Cincinnati.

Occupation: Retired from Emerson Electric.

Family: Wife, Susan.

Web site: Voterippe.com

What are the most important issues facing your district? Self-sufficiency for the airport as well as "careful stewardship" of tax dollars. "Support the new airport park and noise abatement initiatives. Accelerate the process and progress that has been made to become more environmentally and neighborhood friendly [and] reacquire commercial air service."

How can your leadership style contribute to the office? "... My life's work has been business. Our airport is also a business and needs to be run like one. I have the knowledge, financial management skills and experience necessary to take our airport to the next level. ... My reason for running for this office, which is an unpaid position, is to make a difference and to give back to this great community that my wife, Susan, and I call home."

JAMES S. WERTER

GROUP 4

Age: 54

Previous office: None.

Education: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, University of Bridgeport School of Law. …

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