Kurt Landefeld is a Candidate for the Bradenton City Council in Ward 4. In this episode, we give you a chance to get to know Landefeld. He shares how he got involved in the race, his thoughts on things that need to get done, and his approach on how to accomplish these tasks.
“If you come across something controversial, you work at it until you find a solution that is going to be the best for the most number of people.”, Landefeld
He has a refreshingly common-sense approach to problem-solving and it comes across in this episode.
Kurt Landefeld and his wife, Carol, moved to Bradenton in 2016. They are residents of River Isles, a 55+ community located on the east bank of the Braden River.
Kurt has served on the River Isles Board of Directors starting in 2017. He was elected president twice in 2018 and 2019.
As a result of his liaison work between River Isles and the city, former mayor Wayne Poston appointed Kurt to the Bradenton Planning Commission in 2019.
Kurt was born in San Francisco in 1954 and raised in northern Ohio. He is a graduate of Rocky River High School and Bucknell University, where he majored in English and minored in physics. He also did graduate work at the University of Toledo.
Kurt is a communications professional. His career has spanned more than 35 years as an award-winning writer and producer for marketing communications agencies in Toledo, Akron and Cleveland. Currently, he is president of Landefeld Communications in Bradenton.
He is a member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.
Kurt has been active politically most of his adult life.
In 2000 and 2002 he was a candidate for the Ohio General Assembly, winning endorsements from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal both times.
In 2006 he was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Hall of Fame for his advocacy work at the federal and state levels.
In 2007 he was appointed commissioner to Erie County Metroparks. He served as president of the Commission from 2011-2016.
In 2008 he co-founded Friends of NASA Plum Brook (now the NASA Armstrong Advocacy Coalition) that built community support for a world class testing station near Sandusky, Ohio.
Kurt is also author of the novel Jack’s Memoirs: Off the Road and Mergansers Fly Low, a chapbook of poetry.