A busy year is underway for Supervisor of Elections


Some races have already come and gone, so it would be fair to assert that the 2018 election season is well underway.

As for local governing boards, the season opened last Friday with the close of qualifying for the Mexico Beach municipal election April 17.

However, Councilmembers Jerry Wallace (Group 4) and Rex Putnal (Group 5) will not need to wait until April as neither drew opposition during qualifying and therefore were automatically re-elected.

The city of Port St. Joe election timeline includes the April 9 closing of the voter registration book.

Voters must have a current voter registration on the books by that date to vote in the May 8 election.

Candidate qualifying is March 21-28, but Commissioners Brett Lowry (Group 3) and Eric Langston (Group 1) got campaigns underway last week when both announced they would be seeking another term.

For Langston, it would be a one-year term after he was appointed by the Commission late last year to succeed former Commissioner William Thursbay, who forfeited his seat after a DUI conviction.

The seat, therefore, was back in the mix at the next general election.

Langston said he believed he would do a good job for the city and asked for voter support.

Lowry said he was excited about the future, had learned a lot during his first term and had priorities he wished to see through as a commissioner.

The other seat in play this year on the City Commission is for Group 4, which has been held for more than a decade by Commissioner Rex Buzzett.

As for the Board of County Commissioners, three seats will be up for grabs and Commissioner Sandy Quinn, Jr., (District 4) has already stated he will run for another term.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel (District 2) has also given every indication he intends to stand for re-election.

Commissioner David Rish (District 1) said he would run for the seat when he was appointed last year by Gov. Rick Scott after the untimely passing of Commissioner Freddie Whitfield.

For Rish and any challengers, the District 1 race is for a two-year term.

Due to Whitfield’s passing early in his term, the governor appointment was only until the next general election, or this year.

The seat will return to its normal rotation in 2020.