Election season starts to heat up

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM.

With petitions due back in the Supervisor of Elections Ida Elliott’s office by May 19, a handful of candidates have signaled their intent to run on the Nov. 4 elections.

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

Both incumbents in District 2 - County Commissioner Cheryl Sanders and School Board Member David Hinton - have signaled their intent to recapture their seats, a process that enables them to fundraise.

In District 4, neither incumbent – County Commissioner Smokey Parish and School Board Member Jimmy Gander – has formally indicated they plan to seek re-election, although there is plenty of time for them enter the race.

The official qualifying period isn’t until next month, when it begins at noon, June 16 and runs to noon, June 20.

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.

Hinton, of 112 Hinton St. in Carrabelle, plans to run for re-election in the non-partisan race for District 2 school board member. He is being challenged by Wilburn “Ray” Messer, of P.O. Box 482 in Carrabelle. In his candidate filing, Hinton has loaned his campaign $1,000 with which to fund his campaign.

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