McIntosh Mirror: Reflecting news in the Tosh

Want to impact your community? Many of McIntosh's citizen boards have open seats and a council at a loss as to how to fill them.

Light-up McIntosh December 15

Light-up McIntosh will begin at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. The event will host Santa Clause and an area choir from six local churches will sing.

McIntosh Town Council and Mayor

McIntosh Town Council


Marsha Strange

Strange has been mayor of McIntosh off and on for about 25 years. She lives on the west side of McIntosh and before she retired, she was a school teacher. Though the town has a weak mayoral system, Strange has been known to call out the council.

Board members

Eva Jo Callahan

Callahan lives on the west side of McIntosh. She recently retired from the Department of Health. She joined the council after running unopposed in September, replacing and finishing former Council President Joe Phillips' term. Callahan is known for her upfront manner and is not afraid to ask questions to get to the bottom of an issue.

Frank Ciotti, Council President

Ciotti is was on the few on the current council who was elected to his seat. His role on the council is of a mediator and is known for being fair. Ciotti, a longtime McIntosh resident, works for the state and lives in the historic district. His home won Light-up McIntosh in December 2006 in the two-story home division. And yes, he's the one who has the lifesize Santa Claus on his second-story porch every year.

Lee Deaderick

Deaderick was appointed to the council in August and then ran unopposed, replacing former Council President Danaya Wright who resigned last July. Deaderick makes his living as a commercial fisherman. He lives on the west side of McIntosh and was very involved in the McIntosh Area School Board before joining the council. Deaderick is a proponent of property rights and an opponent of local ordinances limiting them. Former councilman Cary McCollum is his father-in-law.

Eunice Smith

Smith once said she was elected to the council winning a record number of votes the last time she ran. She has 27 years experience running McIntosh as either the town clerk or a councilwoman -- and sometimes, both. She lives in the historic district. Smith brings a breadth of experience to the council, but she keeps quiet on many issues. She has a history of turning a vote unexpectedly.

Howard Walkup, Council Vice President

Walkup lives just outside the historic district. A veteran councilman, he served on the McIntosh Town Council from the 1990's through 2005 when he did not run. He won his current seat by running unopposed when former councilman Jim Strange resigned. The Walkup family has a long history running the town council. Walkup was part of the recall petition drive last summer to remove Danaya Wright and Jim Strange from the council. His politics of late have been to move the council and town policies to the way they were before the 2006 council took office.


Town Clerk: Debbie Miller, town hall

Miller became the town clerk in November 2006. She moved here from south Florida and worked as an office manager in the past. She also has previous experience working with her former condo association.

Town Attorney: Scott Walker, Alison Folino, offices in Gainesville

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