Suwannee Democrat


June 13, 2014

Qualifying for Aug. primary begins Monday

Live Oak —

Qualifying begins Monday at 12 p.m. and will end Friday, June 20, at 12 p.m. for the August primary that will be held Aug. 26. The petition process ended May 19, so any candidates that qualify would have to pay the qualifying fee or run as a write-in candidate.

Qualifying packets include financial disclosure forms, loyalty oath, statement of candidate and appointment of campaign treasurer.

The books will close for registration on July 28.

“If you haven’t registered by the 28th you can’t vote in the primary,” said Glenda Williams, supervisor of elections. “You can still change addresses up and on election day, but if you aren’t a registered voter in Florida prior to July 28, you can’t vote in the primary.”

Early voting will begin on Saturday, Aug. 16, and end Saturday, Aug. 23. Early voting will no longer be in the elections office but will be at the Judicial Annex in Live Oak, at the public library in Branford and at the J. Ralph Smith Center at Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park.

Offices up for grabs this year locally are county commission seats for Districts 2 and 4; and school board seats for Districts 3, 4 and 5.

County commission District 2 seat is currently held by Clyde Fleming (Dem.). As of Thursday, Fleming is the only candidate who has announced his intent to run.

County commission District 4 seat is currently held by Philip Oxendine. So far, Larry Sessions (Dem.), W.L. “Musky” Musgrove (Dem.) and Harry (Kin) Weaver, Jr. (Rep.), have announced their intent to run. Oxendine (Rep.) has also announced his bid for re-election.

Voters will decide in the primary which Democrat and Republican will make it on the November ballot.

School board District 3 (nonpartisan) seat is currently held by Julie Ulmer. As of Thursday, Ulmer is the lone candidate who has announced her intent to run.

School board District 4 (nonpartisan) seat is currently held by Ed daSilva. As of Thursday, no one has announced their intent to run against daSilva, who is seeking re-election.

School board District 5 (nonpartisan) seat is currently held by J.M. Holtzclaw. As of Thursday, Ronald White and Holtzclaw have announced their intent to run.

Candidates who have no challengers following qualifying will be the automatic winner.

The following state offices are up this year:

United States representative District 3, currently filled by Ted Yoho (Rep.). Yoho has one Republican and one Democratic challenger. If no other candidates qualify, the top Republican in the primary will face the Democrat and any other non-party affiliated candidates in November.

Governor, currently held by Rick Scott (Rep.) The top Republican and top Democrat will go on the November ballot with other non-party affiliated candidates. 

Attorney general, currently held by Pam Bondi (Rep.). Bondi is the only Republican announced so far. If no other Republican qualifies, she will go on the November ballot with the top Democratic candidate from the primary, along with any other non-party affiliated candidates.

Chief financial officer, currently held by Jeff Atwater (Rep.). Atwater and Democrat William Rankin will go on the November ballot only, if no other candidates qualify.

Commissioner of agriculture, currently held by Adam Putnam (Rep.). Putnam and Democrat Thaddeus Hamilton will go on the November ballot only, if no other candidates qualify.

State representative for District 10, currently held by Elizabeth Porter (Rep.) She is the only candidate for this office so far. If no other candidate qualifies, Porter will retain her seat.

Third Circuit judge for Group 4, Greg Parker; Group 6, Mark Feagle; and Group 7, Leandra G. Johnson. They are all unopposed so far. 

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