Candidates qualify for upcoming elections

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 02:36 PM.

Both the county commission and school board races are being contested on the eastern end of the county, in District 2 encompassing portions of Carrabelle, Lanark Village and Alligator Point.

County Commissioner Cheryl Sanders, 58, 4901 Jeff Sanders Road, Carrabelle, is not facing an opponent in the Democratic primary, so she goes directly to the Nov. 4 general election.

There, she will face the winner from the two Republican candidates, Mark Nobles, 57, 10-5 W Pine St., Lanark Village, and William Snyder, 55, 2332 Enabob Street, Lanark Village, who are vying to unseat her.

The Aug. 26 Republican primary in District 2 will be decided only by those who are registered with the GOP. Registration for the primary ends July 28.

Nobles and Snyder will be seeking to gain a majority of the district’s Republicans, who numbered 513 as of June 16. The district also contains 813 Democrats, 198 without party affiliation and 45 registered with small parties, but none of these will be eligible to vote in the GOP primary for county commissioner.

All these 1,569 voters, however, will have a say in which of the three declared candidates for the non-partisan school board seat in District 2 emerges as the victor.

At the primary, the voters will decide among incumbent David Hinton, 78, 112 Hinton Street, Carrabelle, challenger Wilburn 'Ray' Messer, 55, 166 Sanborn Road, Carrabelle; and challenger Pamela Marshall, 56, 1989 River Bend Plantation Road, Carrabelle.

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