County District 5 candidate: Pat Gabriel

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Charlie Stone is vacating seat

Pat Gabriel, president of the State Road 200 Coalition, has announced that she will be a candidate for County Commission District 5.
The seat is being vacated by Chairman Charlie Stone, who is running for state representative.
“Marion County is a great place to live, work, and play. We are positioning ourselves to be leaders in the state in both job creation and quality of life. I want to help our county preserve our natural resources, provide job opportunities, and maintain quality services for our citizens without losing our small town charm and warmth.”
She moved to Marion County in 1996, and joined the Southwest State Road 200 Coalition in 1997. She was chosen vice president in 1998, and became president in 1999, a position which she still holds today.
She is also chair of the Marion County Parks and Recreation Advisory Council, December 2008 to present; and chair of the Marion County Fire Advisory February 2009 to present.
She was chair of the Marion County Emergency Medical Response Task Force, a County Commission appointment, in 2001; member of the board of directors of the Public Policy Institute in 2000 and reappointed in 2002, while there served on the Senior Study and Growth Study, was chair for the Ocala Conference in 2003 and 2004, and on the Executive Committee Women for Ocala in 2005. She was a governor’s appointee to Withlachoochee Regional Planning Council, 2001 to 2008 and served on the Executive Board, was a member of EMS Advisory Committee at CFCC, 1999; AED Selection Committee at Munroe Regional Hospital, 2000; Charter Member of South West Rotary, 2001 – 2007; Sgt. Of Arms South West Ocala Rotary 2003/2004; President of South West Ocala Rotary 2005/2006; Member of Smart Growth Coalition, 2002 – 2005 and was Countryside Farm’s Homeowners Association – Secretary 1998 – 2006.
She graduated from Marion County Citizen’s Academy 2001, was appointed to Sheriff’s Advisory Committee 2004/2005 and was appointed to Ocala Marion County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2005.
Gabriel attended Ohio State University, Hammel Actual Business College, Cincinnati Technical School, Cuyahoga Community College, and the Realtors National Marketing Institute, with courses leading to CRB designation.
She has been a secretary for Industrial Contractor, worked in accounts receivable and payable and advertising for a major company, was an assistant director of personnel and a news editor at a hospital
She began a real estate career as an agent in 1978 in Ohio, and achieved Million Dollar Club status, was honored as Professional of the Year, taught a 30-hour continuing education course, wrote and taught training modules and served on the Grievance Committee of the Cincinnati Board of Realtors before becoming the board president.
In Florida she worked as an advertising representative for the St. Petersburg Times.
Her husband is retired from AT&T and from the Ocala Star-Banner. She has a son who served in the Marines, reaching the rank of captain, and is now with the FBI in Washington, D.C.; and a daughter, who received her RN degree from CFCC and lives with her daughter in Citrus County.