If you want to be a city commissioner, in either Apalachicola or Carrabelle, you have to qualify between June 26 and 30,
As election years go, 2017 is a pretty off-year; no president, senator, governor or constitutional officer, not even a mayor, will be decided.
But four city commission seats are up for grants, two each in Apalachicola and Carrabelle, so expect to see campaigns gearing up next month.
In Apalachicola, City Commissioner Frank Cook, who acceded to his seat a couple terms ago when Van Johnson was elected mayor, has decided not to seek another term this September. He said he and his wife plan to relocate from Apalachicola.
The other commissioner seat up for grabs will be that of incumbent Brenda Ash, who was first elected in 2009, and now serves as mayor pro tem and finance commissioner. She said Tuesday she pans to seek a third term.
“It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Apalachicola as their city commissioner. My goal is to continue the work that I’ve started. My task is not complete. There is still more to do,” she said.
“Apalachicola is a great city. I look forward to representing the citizens,” said Ash.
According to the county’s supervisor of elections office, Apalachicola has 1663 registered voters eligible for the Sept. 5 elections. Candidates can qualify by completing paperwork at the city offices by the last week of June. The filing fee is $226.80, based on a commissioner’s $5,191 annual compensation.
In Carrabelle, where there are 879 registered voters, the seats of Cal Allen and Audrey Olivia Massey will both be contested.
“At the present time I am planning on running, depending on who else is considering,” said Allen. “ We (the city) have some very serious issues to deal with and we have to get it right.
“The major issues in my opinion are the relocation of City Hall and the amount of debt we incur, as well as finding a suitable and reliable tenant for the Hexaport building,” he said.
In the event there are no more than two candidates for a seat, the election will be decided Sept. 5, after voters in Apalachicola cast ballots at the Fort Coombs Armory and in Carrabelle at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center.
In the event a candidate doesn’t receive a majority of the vote, a runoff election will be held two weeks later, on Sept. 19.
Early voting will be held from Aug 28 through Sept. 2 at the supervisor of elections offices, in Apalachicola at 47 Avenue F, and at the annex in Carrabelle at 912 NW Avenue A.