There’s going to be some spirited city commission races this fall.
Five candidates are squaring off in Apalachicola, three for city commission seat #3, and two for seat #4.
In Carrabelle, there are four candidates for the two seats in Carrabelle, with the top two taking the prizes.
In Apalachicola, Frank Cook, the incumbent city commissioner, announced earlier this year he planned to retire. Seeking to replace him are Anita Grove, 57, 174 Avenue C, former director of the Apalachicola Area Chamber of Commerce who now works as coastal training program coordinator for the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve; Charles Kienzle, 64, 15 Eighth Street, retired from a career as an executive in the hospitality, oil and transportation industries; and R. Brent Mabrey, Jr., 68, 105 11th Street, a retired school teacher and health department staffer.
The top two finishers in the Sept. 5 election will face each other in a runoff Sept. 19
Incumbent District #4 Commissioner Brenda Ash, 213 17th Street, is facing a challenge from Carol Barfield, 150 Ninth Street, a community activist and former youth services worker/ The winner in that race will be decided Sept. 5.
In Carrabelle, Cal Allen, 79, 1204 Gulf Avenue, is running for reelection, as is Olivia Massey, 45, 1399 West Third Street. Joining the race is Bert Worthy, 64, 304 NE First Street, and Tony Millender, 63, 202 NE 12th Street. The top two finishers will be elected to the city commission.
All city commission seats are non-partisan and voted at-large by all registered voters within the city.
Registration for the Sept. 5 election closes August 7. The last day to request to receive a mail-in ballot is August 30.
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.
On Election Day, voters in Apalachicola cast ballots at the Fort Coombs Armory and in Carrabelle at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center.