Snyder bows out, school board rivals debate

Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 06:14 PM.

The Republican Party’s Meet and Greet last week for candidates on the primary ballot in District 2 turned out to be half of what was expected, with twice as much excitement.

The momentous evening Aug. 14 at the Crooked River Grill at St. James Bay Golf Resort opened with a bombshell announcement from William Snyder, who was vying for the Republican nomination to face off in November against incumbent county commissioner Cheryl Sanders.

In a statement read by Peggy Kight on his behalf, Snyder, 55, of 2332 Enabob Street, Lanark Village, said he was bowing out due to health issues. “I have not reached this decision lightly,” he wrote, before closing by stating he was throwing his support to Mark Nobles, 57, of 10-5 W Pine St., Lanark Village, Snyder’s challenger for the Republican nomination.

Nobles, who was absent due to his brother Tom’s need for immediate medical care, will now square off in November against Sanders, 58, of 4901 Jeff Sanders Road, Carrabelle, who does not face an opponent in next week’s Democratic primary. Sanders also was absent from the Meet and Greet, notifying moderator Liz Sisung that chronic knee problems prevented her attendance.

Supervisor of Elections Ida Elliott said Snyder sent a letter Friday notifying her of his decision. She said Snyder’s name will appear on the Aug. 26 primary ballot in District 2, but no matter how many votes he receives, Nobles will be the GOP nominee.

“We have to put up notices in all the precincts, and early voting sites, and absentee ballots for the district,” she said. “But the vote cast in this race will not change anything. Nobles has been nominated.”

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