2 seats up in Bradenton Beach election

Bradenton Beach voters will elect two commissioners in the November election.

Vice Mayor Marilyn Maro will come to the end of her two-year term and Commissioner Ralph Cole will close out a one-year term.

Cole’s seat opened when Vice Mayor John Chappie resigned from the commission to run for mayor in November 2017. In that election, the voters approved a charter amendment replacing the city’s ward system with an at-large election — which meant Cole, who lost his Ward 3 seat to Commissioner Randy White in the election, was eligible to take the appointed seat for the one-year remainder of Chappie’s term.

Bradenton Beach is the only city on Anna Maria Island with term limits, restricting commissioners and the mayor to three consecutive two-year terms.

Both incumbents are eligible for re-election, but only Cole has said he intends to run.

Candidates must be registered voters who have lived in Bradenton Beach for a minimum 12 months as of the qualifying date.

The qualifying period starts at noon Monday, June 18, and ends at noon Friday, June 22. The qualifying fee for commission candidates is $48 and must be paid from a campaign bank account.

Candidates must submit qualifying paperwork and fees to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.

The final day to register to vote is Oct. 9. The election will be Nov. 6.

Of 744 registered voters in Bradenton Beach, 387 people voted in the November 2017 municipal election.

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