Live Oak —
Qualifying begins at noon today for the city of Live Oak election that is being held May 6. Candidates for office must qualify during this week if they wish to hold any open offices in the city that will be on the May 6 ballot. Qualifying packets include financial disclosure forms, loyalty oath/oath of candidate and candidates have two ways to qualify for office: by paying a fee or by qualifying as a write-in candidate. A write-in candidate’s name does not appear on the ballot, the voter must write the name in.
Those offices up for grabs are mayor (nonpartisan, $17,409.60 annually); city council Districts 1 and 4 (nonpartisan, $14,284.32 annually) and city clerk (nonpartisan, $49,212.80 annually).
The mayor’s office is currently held by Garth R. “Sonny” Nobles Jr. As of Thursday, no one has announced their intent to run. Current city clerk is John W. Gill. As of Thursday, Gill has announced his intent for re-election and Jeanne d'Eauede has announced her intent to run. City council District 1 is currently held by John W. Yulee Sr., who has announced his bid for re-election. District 4 is currently held by Adam M. Prins. As of Thursday, two people have announced their intent to run for that seat: Frank C. Davis and Jerry L. Poole.
“The May 6 city election is fast approaching and with what currently is on the ballot all registered voters living within the city will have an opportunity to cast a ballot,” said Supervisor of Elections Glenda Williams. “For those voters that may say their vote won’t make a difference history has proven that it does definitely make a difference. We have had a candidate win by one vote, we have had a tie election and then in the run-off the winner was decided by 10 votes. So if you ask those candidates they would adamantly respond that every vote matters.”