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Date of Issue: June 18, 2008

Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach adjust qualifying dates

The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office has adjusted the candidate qualifying periods in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach to comply with municipal rules.

In Holmes Beach, the qualifying period will take place from noon July 7 to noon July 11. Previously the dates had been posted by the supervisor’s office as June 16-20.

City clerk Brooke Bennett said she reviewed the city’s code, which required that qualifying take place later on the election calendar.

After consulting with the city attorney and the supervisor of elections, the date was pushed back to July.

There are three offices up for election in Holmes Beach — mayor, currently a post held by Rich Bohnenberger, and two city commission seats, currently held by Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti.

Bennett said Monday that the incumbents had all picked up election packages to file for re-election.

In Bradenton Beach, qualifying began June 16 and will close at noon July 3, not June 20, as initially noticed by the supervisor’s office.

A spokesperson with the supervisor’s office said the date was extended to comply with charter requirements regarding qualifying in Bradenton Beach, where several people have picked up materials to file as candidates for the city commission in Bradenton Beach.

Two seats are up for election, the Ward 4 seat held by John Chappie, who is leaving city politics to run for county commission, and the Ward 2 seat held by Bob Connors.

Connors has picked up candidate materials to seek re-election.

Robert Bartelt, who has been involved in the city’s ScenicWAVES advisory committee, has picked up candidate materials for Ward 4. And Bradenton Beach businessperson William Shearon picked up and filed his papers.

Shearon, who lives at 302 Gulf Drive South and manages the Linger Longer resort with his partner, Tjet Martin, currently serves on the city’s planning and zoning board.

He served as city commissioner from 2004 until last year, when he gave up his Ward 4 seat to run for mayor. Shearon lost that campaign to Michael Pierce.

At Islander press time, Shearon was the only candidate to have filed papers with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office to run for office in Bradenton Beach.