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Anna Maria election candidates remain unclear

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

The Anna Maria political scene got a bit cloudier June 1, when political newcomer Billy Malfese, who previously said he would run for office, announced he would not seek a political office in the Nov. 6 city election.

Two commission seats and the office of mayor will be decided in the election, but only two people — incumbent Commissioner Chuck Webb and planning and zoning board member Nancy Yetter — have announced a candidacy, and both are running for a commission seat.

Mayor Mike Selby and Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick have said they will not seek re-election.

Webb has qualified for re-election, while Yetter, who was unsuccessful in her 2011 bid for a commission seat, said she planned to qualify this week.

Qualifying ends at noon June 8.

With Selby out of the running, the race for mayor appears wide open. No resident has announced intentions to run for the seat.

Former Commissioner Gene Aubry picked up a packet, but said last week he has decided not to run for any city office.

Aubry’s wife, Janet, picked up two packets last week, saying they were for P&Z board chair Sandy Mattick, who was unsuccessful in her 2011 candidacy for mayor. She is the daughter of Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick.

Also picking up two packets was Commissioner SueLynn, who is not up for re-election.

Efforts to reach Sandy Mattick and SueLynn for comment were unsuccessful.

Another election packet went out last week to an unknown person.

City clerk Alice Baird said no one at city hall knew the man and he did not sign the courtesy pickup list. Anyone can pick up a qualifying packet and there is no requirement to give a name or sign the list, she said.

The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office will post the names of all candidates who qualify for the Nov. 7 election on its website — www.votemanatee.com — at noon Friday, June 8, the qualifying deadline.

Anna Maria’s mayor and commissioners are elected for two-year terms in staggered years. The mayor and two commissioners are elected in even-numbered years, while three commission seats are on the ballot in odd-numbered years.

The mayor is paid $800 per month, while commissioners each receive $400 monthly.

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