LIVE OAK — A four-man race will determine the Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners District 4 seat.
With qualifying ending at noon Friday, Jesse Caruthers, Philip Oxendine, Len Stapleton and Harry “Kin” Weaver are officially in the race for the county commission seat. All four are Republicans and will square off in the August primary election.
Oxendine previously served on the county commission from 2010-14. Weaver lost a tight race to Larry Sessions in the 2014 election. Sessions is not seeking re-election.
Caruthers has also previously served as a commissioner from District 1.
According to the Supervisor of Elections office, Caruthers is still listed as living at 17325 76th St. in District 1.
He must reside in District 4 by the time of election according to the Florida Division of Elections.
“By election day, he will have to be able to provide an address in District 4,” said Glenda Williams, Suwannee County’s Supervisor of Elections.
“We’ve always been told by Department of State that we’re not to look beyond the four corners of the page. We’re not the police, we’re just the filing agent. So I’m going to accept whatever he files. He signed an oath that it’s the truth. But anybody can contest that.”
The primary election day is Aug. 28 with early voting running from Aug. 18-25.
Clyde Fleming, the incumbent, is the lone candidate running for the commission’s District 2 seat. Fleming will again return to the position he has held since 2010.
Tim Alcorn will remain the the Suwannee County School Board District 3 member after the withdrawal of opponent Jeffrey Embler.
Seeking re-election and running unopposed are school board members Ed daSilva (District 4) and Ronald White (District 5).
There are five candidates qualified for the State Representative District 10 seat, which will be vacated by Elizabeth Porter reaching her term limit. Chuck Brannan and Marc Vann are running as Republicans with Ronald W. Williams II running as a Democrat and Merrillee Malwitz Jipson and Fred S. Martin, from McAlpin, running as non-party candidates.
Five candidates are also qualified for the District 1 District Court of Appeal seat — Harvey Jay, Stephanie Ray, Brad Thomas, Kemmerly Thomas and Allen Winsor.
Running unopposed are Third Circuit judges Melissa Gates Olin (Group 2), and incumbents David Fina (Group 3) and Wes Douglas (Group 5).
Other statewide races include governor with 27 qualified candidates, including nine Republicans (Don Baldauf, Ron DeSantis, Timothy Devine, Bob Langford, John Mercadante, Bruce Nathan, Adam Putnam, Darcy Richardson and Bob White) and seven Democrats (Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine, Alex “Lundy” Lundmark and John Wetherbee). Write-in candidates are Piotr Blass, Henry Choice, Jeanne Hunter, Hal Johnson, Anthony “Tony” Knox, Monroe Lee and Ellen Wilds. The four candidates without a party affiliation are Ryan Foley, Kyle “KC” Gibson, Raphael Herman and Bruce Stanley.
There are five qualified candidates for attorney general with Republicans Ashley Moody and Frank White, Democrats Sean Shaw and Ryan Torrens and non-party candidate Jeffrey Siskind. Incumbent Jimmy Patronis is the lone qualified Republican for chief financial officer, but he will face opposition from Democrat Jeremy Ring and write-in candidate Richard Dembinsky. There are also seven candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture in Republicans Matt Caldwell, Denise Grimsley, Mike McCalister and Baxter Troutman as well as Democrats Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Jeffrey Porter and Roy Walker.
In the federal races, incumbent Bill Nelson is lone Democrat running for the U.S. Senate. Looking to challenge him in November are Republicans Rick Scott, currently serving as Florida’s governor, and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente.
Also qualifying are write-in candidates Lateresa Jones, Howard Knepper, Michael Levinson, Charles Tolbert and David Weeks.
Incumbent Neal Dunn is unopposed in the Republican primary for the District 2 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Brandon Peters and Bob Rackleff are running for the Democratic nod.
The registration book closes July 30 for the primary election and Nov. 6 for the general election.