A vacationing commissioner may have no choice but to sit out the November election. Anna Maria’s qualifying period to run for either city commission or mayor starts May 29 and ends June 8.
Three-term commissioner Jo Ann Mattick apparently does not plan to return from Ohio until sometime after the qualifying period.
Mattick said before she left in mid May for vacation she was “undecided” about another term. She told Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird she would not be returning to the city until July 23, Baird said.
Baird said she informed Mattick before her departure of the qualifying dates for the Nov. 6 election.
Efforts to reach Mattick for comment were unsuccessful by press deadline May 21.
Commission Chair Chuck Webb, also up for re-election in November, has picked up a qualifying packet, and said he will seek a third consecutive term in the Nov. 6 city election.
Political newcomer Billy Malfese, chair of the environmental education and enhancement committee, also obtained a qualifying packet.
With Mayor Mike Selby announcing last week he will not seek another term, the office of mayor is open to qualified residents.
Planning and zoning board member Nancy Yetter, who failed in her bid for a commission seat in November 2011, said she is “seriously considering running for the office of mayor.”
Yetter said she does not plan to campaign for a seat on the commission, but she said she is “serious” about considering a run for the mayor’s office.
“Jo Ann and Chuck are both friends of mine and I would not want to run against them for commissioner,” she said.
However, should Mattick decide that her service to the city will end with three terms, Yetter said she might reconsider and seek that office. She’ll make her decision by the start of qualifying, if not sooner, she said.
Anna Maria’s qualifying period was up on the calendar this year in order for the city to “piggyback” on the November general election ballot, said Manatee County deputy supervisor of elections Nancy Bignell.
Under federal law, the county must have absentee ballots printed and mailed to registered voters at least 45 days before primary elections, she said. With primary voting Aug. 14, municipal qualifying times had to be moved forward to enable the cities to “piggyback” on the county process, Bignell said.
Municipal elections in Manatee County are non-partisan and no primary voting is required. But adhering to the county guidelines will save Anna Maria about $3,000, Bignell added.
Anna Maria commissioners serve two-year terms and are paid $400 per month. The city’s mayor also serves a two-year term and is paid $800 monthly.
A qualifying packet to seek either a commission seat or that of the mayor may be obtained at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.