ANNA MARIA – The city’s two-week election qualifying period opened Monday and closes at noon on Friday, Aug. 30.
Incumbent Commissioner Dale Woodland and Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Jon Crane have already filed their preliminary paperwork with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Incumbent Commissioner Carol Carter recently indicated she will seek re-election, and longtime commissioner Doug Copeland recently announced he will not seek another term in office. Commissioners Amy Tripp and Brian Seymour are serving the first year of their two-year terms.
Carter, Crane, Woodland and any other candidates who qualify will compete for the three commission seats to be decided by Anna Maria’s registered voters in the city elections that conclude Tuesday, Nov. 5.
When asked why he’s running for a commission seat, Crane deferred to the written candidate’s statement he posted at the elections office website. In his statement, Crane noted his first priority is to represent the residents of Anna Maria. His statement also mentions preserving the city’s delicate ecosystem, allowing the city’s business community to thrive and maintaining “controlled, common sense growth” that respects residents’ rights to the quiet enjoyment of their property.
For more information on qualifying, visit the elections office or call the city clerk’s office at 941-708-6130.