The five candidates in Holmes Beach and four in Anna Maria seeking election to their respective city commissions will remain busy with campaign activities through election day on Nov. 8.
Three seats on each commission are up for election, and voters can choose three candidates on their ballot.
In Anna Maria, incumbent commissioners John Quam and Dale Woodland are seeking re-election, with candidates Nancy Yetter and former Mayor SueLynn also are in the race.
Holmes Beach has five candidates for its three commission seats up for election, including incumbent commissioners Pat Morton, Al Robinson and David Zaccagnino. They are joined by candidates Jean Peelen and Andy Sheridan.
If history is any judge, the candidates can expect a light voter turnout in an odd-year election when no national candidate or issue is on the ballot.
The average voter turnout for an Island city in an odd-year election from 2001 to the present is about 36 percent, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections records.
A light voter turnout doesn’t bother Morton.
“I’ve always run in an odd year and it doesn’t change my campaigning,” he said. Morton is seeking his fifth term as a commissioner.
He said he would be walking the streets this week and talking to voters. His campaign is “going as well as can be expected,” he said.
Peelen said she is optimistic about the coming election.
“It’s been very positive. I’ve been out waving my signs, meeting voters and knocking on doors,” she said.
Peelen will hold a “Meet the Candidate” forum Nov. 3 at Island Fitness in Holmes Beach.
Regardless of the election preferences, Peelen urged voters to “get out and vote” Nov. 8
Robinson said he will be mailing out a candidate profile and platform statement this week.
He said he’s had “positive response” to his stance for lower taxes and curbing the influx of large duplexes.
Sheridan also encourages voting in the odd-year election. “I do urge voters to get out and vote,” he said.
His campaign has been “going well” and he’s been placing signs around the city, meeting people and listening to their issues.
Many people are concerned about the city becoming a weekend vacation destination, he said.
Zaccagnino is running for his fourth term. He said his campaign has shown positive results and he’s pleased there are so many qualified candidates seeking office.
“I’ve been knocking on doors, listening to the voters, attending meetings and bicycling around town. The feedback has been great,” he said.
Zaccagnino agreed that the new commission must deal immediately with the increase in construction of vacation accommodations in residential zones. That’s been a major concern of many voters, he said.
Quam is seeking his sixth term in office.
He’s been going house-to-house to talk to voters, and he’s received “good, positive feedback” for the upcoming election, he said.
“I would say the campaign is going very well. I’m pleased at the concern voters have shown for the city.”
SueLynn, the city’s mayor from 2002 to 2006, said she’s heard from many voters who believe she has the experience to be a good commissioner.
“The campaign and feedback has all been positive. I believe voters are pleased that I can step in immediately and understand and help solve the issues.”
For Woodland, running for his fifth term, the campaign has been “going well,” he said.
“I’ve gotten tremendous support from the people for my views and I appreciate the support,” he said.
He’ll be walking around the city this week talking to voters.
While this is Yetter’s first effort to gain elected office, she’s pleased with the feedback she’s received.
“Many voters I’ve talked with believe it’s time for a new voice on the commission to try to solve some of the old problems,” said Yetter, a member of the city’s planning and zoning board.
“My reception has been very warm. I’ve learned there is concern about a cell tower in the city, and what should be the ultimate use of the six lots the city bought” at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection, she said.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.
In Anna Maria, voting is at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., while Holmes Beach has voting at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 6608 Marina Drive.
Unofficial election results will be announced at each polling location shortly after the polls close, but the official results will come from the elections office, 600 301 Blvd. N., Bradenton.
Election results will be posted shortly after the polls close at www.islander.org.