Election guide

LIVE OAK — Suwannee County voters have several election decisions to make this year.

The election for Live Oak city officials will be held Tuesday, May 8.

Sonny Nobles

Mayor Sonny Nobles

The biggest change will be the mayoral seat.

Mayo Sonny Nobles has announced he will not seek re-election. He has been the Mayor since 2002 and previously served on the city council for 26 years.

“The past 42 years have been wonderful,” Nobles said. “It has been very rewarding.”

He said it is time for a change and he looks forward to spending time with his family.

District 4 councilman Frank Davis has put his name in the hat for the mayoral position, leaving an empty seat for his district.

According to the Suwannee County Supervisor of Elections office, John W. Hill, Mark B. Stewart and Jerry Poole have announced their candidacy for the city council District 4 seat.

Robintina Y. Reed and incumbent John W. Yulee Sr. have announced their candidacy for city council District 1.

City Clerk John Gill is seeking re-election for his position.

Candidates qualifying by petition must submit petitions to the Supervisor of Elections office by noon on Feb. 19.

Candidates qualifying by fee must complete the qualifying process during the week of March 19-23. These candidates must pay the fee of $50 and 1 percent assessment fee of the salary of the office sought.

The last day for voters to register and be able to vote in the election is April 9.

Early voting will be held on April 30-May 5.

The primary election will be held on Aug. 28 with the general election set for Nov. 6.

County positions up for election include county commissioner for District 2 and 4 (currently held by Clyde Fleming and Larry Sessions) and school board members for District 3,4 and 5 (currently held by Tim Alcorn, Ed daSilva and Ronald White).

State positions up for election include governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, chief financial officer, commissioner of agriculture, Florida Supreme Court justices, District Court of Appeal judges, state senator and state representatives.

Federal positions up for election include U.S. Senator and representative in Congress.

Candidates qualifying by petition for county positions must submit petitions to the Supervisor of Elections office prior to noon on May 21.

Candidates qualifying by fee must complete the qualifying process during the week of June 18-22. County commissioner candidates must pay a fee of 6 percent of the annual salary. School board candidates must pay a fee of 4 percent of the annual salary.

Jessie R. Box is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government and police. ​

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