Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino holds the cards.
He announced he will resign as commissioner to run for mayor, but when and how he vacates his seat will determine whether a new commissioner is appointed or elected.
According to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, in order to run for the mayor’s seat, Zaccagnino must turn in a letter of resignation 10 days before the start of the qualifying period — June 6.
The start of the qualifying period in Holmes Beach is noon Monday, June 16.
Whether he resigns immediately or Nov. 4, the date of the municipal election, will make all the difference in how a new commissioner is chosen to take his seat, according to city clerk Stacey Johnston.
But Commission Chair Judy Titsworth may also jump into the mayor’s race, which would result in two vacancies among the incumbents on the commission.
The city charter states that if a commission seat is vacated seven days before the final day of the qualifying period, an election will be held for the seat for the remainder of the two-year term.
Zaccagnino’s term expires in November 2015. Titsworth is up for re-election to the commission on this year’s ballot.
If Zaccagnino resigns but does not vacate the seat until Nov. 5, the two seated commissioners and two newly elected commissioners will appoint someone to serve the last year of Zaccagnino’s term.
But if Zaccagnino resigns on or before June 6, a commissioner will be appointed to fill his seat — but only until November. The vacancy will create another opportunity for a candidate on the ballot.
Zaccagnino said he has not decided when he will vacate his seat, but he said he is leaning toward vacating after the election in November and allowing the commission to appoint someone to fill his seat for the remaining year.
If Zaccagnino loses the mayoral election, he will have resigned his seat on the commission and will not be able to finish his term.
Titsworth said she has not yet decided if she will seek re-election to the commission or oppose Zaccagnino and make a run for the mayor’s seat.
“I really don’t know yet. It’s a big decision,” said Titsworth.
Grossman throws hat in ring
Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman announced May 15 he will seek re-election in November.
Grossman is serving his first two-year term on the commission.
“All though we have accomplished much, my work is not done, safe bike paths, traffic congestion, Grassy Point, dog park and other issues have to be addressed,” Grossman said in his written announcement. He is the commission liaison to the parks and beautification committee.
Before his 2012 election to the commission, Grossman served as an alternate on the city code enforcement board.
Candidates for commission seats or the mayor must first qualify to run June 16-20.
Wanted: Candidates for Anna Maria election
By Rick Catlin
“Wanted: Candidates. Must be registered voter and reside in Anna Maria two years, willing to serve two years starting in November 2014.”
That might be a good post at Anna Maria City Hall, as people stepping up to run for two city commission seats and the mayor’s post are thus far as common as a mid-March vacancy sign at an island resort.
But that’s not the full story. Incumbent Commissioner Nancy Yetter picked up a candidate’s packet and confirmed she will seek a second term.
Commissioner Chuck Webb is playing it close to the vest, saying he is “definitely a maybe” to seek a fifth consecutive term.
The same might be said for incumbent Mayor SueLynn, who said she will make an announcement no later than June 9, the first day of qualifying for the Anna Maria city ballot.
“You can say I am definitely maybe going to run,” she said.
No other candidates are apparent on the city’s political horizon.
Former Commissioner Gene Aubry said he is “definitely not going to seek any office” in November.
And Mike Coleman, a planning and zoning board member, also discounted any candidacy. “I’m not running for anything,” he said.
Candidates have less than a month to decide.
The city’s qualifying period is noon June 9 to noon June 20. Election packets are available from city clerk Diane Percycoe at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. Election fees and qualifying papers are submitted to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd., No. 108, Bradenton.
The qualifying fee to run for mayor is $96, while to seek a commission seat the fee is $48.
Waiver forms to eliminate the fee are available at the SOE office.
Anna Maria commissioners are paid $4,800 annually, while the mayor receives $9,600 in annual compensation for the job, but Commissioner Dale Woodland previously suggested increasing the mayor’s pay. Any increase in the salary must be approved by the commission before the November municipal election to go in effect for the new term.
Same for Bradenton Beach
Two Bradenton Beach commission seats are up for election.
The same ad for candidates could be posted for the seats currently held by Ed Straight in Ward 2 and Jan Vosburgh in Ward 4.
Vosburgh, who said she has “tentatively” decided to run for a third term, is the only person thus far to collect a candidate packet from city hall. Commissioners are limited to three consecutive terms.
They also must reside within the ward they represent, although they are elected by voters citywide.
Straight said he has not decided on seeking another term.
Anyone who is a Bradenton Beach voter and resident for nine months and resides in the appropriate ward can sign up to run for office June 16-June 20.