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Holmes Beach mayor announces bid for re-election

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Mayor Rich Bohnenberger

Saying April 10 he’s “no longer undecided” at a work session of the Holmes Beach City Commission, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger declared his intent to run for re-election in November.

        Bohnenberger said last month he did not yet know whether he’d run. He has since received phone calls from supporters and decided to run, he said.

        The mayor is a non-voting member of the commission and serves as the chief executive officer of the city.

        Bohnenberger has been mayor since 2006, and previously served both as a city commissioner and mayor.

        He was first elected as a city commissioner in 1993, elected as mayor in 1994 and served until 1996. He ran again for commissioner, and served in this capacity from 1999 to 2006.

        In addition to the mayor, the terms of two commissioners, John Monetti and Sandy Haas-Martens, also will expire this fall. Both have previously said they intend to run for re-election.

        Any candidate seeking election in the Nov. 6 general election must first “qualify” by an in-person visit between noon June 4 and noon June 8 with city clerk Stacey Johnston at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

        Candidates must reside in the city for two years prior to qualifying for office, be a voter and present a petition of 15 city voter signatures. In addition, state election code requires certain forms and pay an assessment fee equal to 1 percent of the annual salary of the office — $120 for the mayor and $60 for commissioner — or file an “undue burden” oath.

        Holmes Beach commissioners and the mayor are elected for two-year terms.

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