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Monterey County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Thomas M. Mancini

Candidate for
Councilmember; City of Seaside

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Thomas M. Mancini Council Member City of Seaside

Mr. Mancini was born in Providence, Rhode Island, July 9, 1938. He graduated from Colt Memorial High School (Bristol, RI) in 1955. After a short stay at the University of Rhode Island, Mr. Mancini entered the U. S. Army in August 1957, and married his wife, Merrilyn. They have five children and nine grandchildren.

His enlisted military assignments overseas included tours of duty at Fort Dix, NJ, US Army Japan, and Fort Rucker, Alabama. In September 1965, he graduated from Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a 2d Lieutenant, Fort Benning, Georgia\

Following two tours of duty in South Vietnam, the Mancini family made its way from Fort Benning, GA, arriving at Fort Ord August 1971. While at Fort Ord, Mr. Mancini attended Golden Gate University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Cum Laude) in 1975, and a Masters degree in Public Administration in 1978.

In 1975, the Mancini's purchased a home in Seaside. He retired from the Army as an Infantry Captain in September 1978. Between then and now, he has sold insurance; managed an automobile transmission rebuild/repair shop in San Jose; worked as a civilian contractor with the Saudi Arabian National Guard in Riyadh; worked in the city of Marina's Public Works Department; and was City Manager of San Juan Bautista from 1988-1992. From 1992 to 2003, Mr. Mancini was employed by Monterey Peninsula Unified School District as an Indpendent Study Teacher until retiring in 2003.

In March 2010, he was hired as a part-time Alcohol/Tobacco/Drug Prevention Coordinator for Sun Street Centers and formed the Preventing Alcohol-Related TraumaS (PARTS) on the Peninsula coalition.

Mr. Mancini was first elected to the Seaside Council Member in November 1994 and has been re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Mayor Smith appointed Mr. Mancini as Mayor Pro Tem from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Mancini represents the City of Seaside on the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA), Monterey Salinas Transit (MST).

He has also served on the Monterey Regional Waste Management (MRWMB) and the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) boards.

Mr. Mancini is only one of three council members in the Monterey Bay Division League of California Cities (covering Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties) to graduate from the League of California Cities' Leadership Academy.

Mr. Mancini and his wife have been involved over the years with Young Life, Boy & Girl Scouts, Little Leagues (both football and baseball) and those other parental activities normally associated with raising teenage children.

His wife, Merrilyn has served on the Monterey County's Social Services Commission and Charitable Council. She is presently a Board Member with the Alliance on Aging and Shelter Outreach Plus. In 2008, she was selected by the Monterey County Commission on Status of Women as one of ten Woman of the Year.

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