Upcoming 2014 ballot takes shape

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM.

Unless more candidates step forward next month with a willingness to pay the fee, the slate of candidates in the primary and general elections is pretty much set.

The deadline to submit petitions was noon Monday. If candidates want to jump in the race now, their only option to do so is by paying a fee - $996 for school board offices and $1,558 for county commission seats – during the official qualifying period from noon, June 16 to noon, June 20.

The county commission and school board seats are up for grabs in District 2, the easternmost district encompassing from portions of Carrabelle, Lanark Village and Alligator Point, and in District 4, the westernmost district, mainly the historic district of Apalachicola.

Both incumbents in District 2 - County Commissioner Cheryl Sanders and School Board Member David Hinton – gathered the required dozen signatures to run to recapture their seats.

In District 4, where 16 signatures were required, incumbent County Commissioner Smokey Parish has drawn an opponent in the Aug. 26 Democratic primary.

School Board Member Jimmy Gander has announced he will not seek re-election, and just one candidate has stepped forward to try to claim the seat in the non-partisan election.

Sanders, of P.O. Box 641 in Carrabelle, is the lone Democrat to file a letter of intent for the District 2 county commission seat. Two Republicans have filed, and if they qualify, will square off in the Aug. 26 primary. They are Mark Nobles, of 10-5 West Pine St. in Lanark Village, and William Snyder, of 2332 Enabob Street, in Carrabelle.

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