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Date of Issue: June 16, 2010

Qualifying begins on Island

Candidates for nonpartisan municipal races in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach will file qualifying papers this week, as will candidates for county offices.

Qualifying also will take place this week for special district, legislative and other state offices.

The qualifying began at noon June 14 and was to conclude at noon Friday, June 18. Qualifying will not take place in Anna Maria until July.

The details of qualifying differ from city to city for the municipal elections, but generally a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, registered to vote and meet the residency requirement of his or her city.

In Bradenton Beach, offices up for election are the mayoral post now held by Bob Bartelt and the commission posts held by Bob Connors in Ward 2 and Janet Vosburgh in Ward 4.

Candidate packets can be picked up at the supervisor of elections office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108, Bradenton. Papers also are filed with the supervisor’s office after they are notarized at Bradenton Beach City Hall.

In Holmes Beach, offices up for election in November are the mayoral post held by Rich Bohnenberger and the commission seats held by Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti.

Candidate packets can be picked up and must be returned to the clerk’s office at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

In Anna Maria, the mayoral post currently held by Fran Barford and city commission seats held by Jo Ann Mattick and Chuck Webb are up for election.

Qualifying takes place at the supervisor of elections office.

On the Web

For details about becoming a candidate or registering to vote, go to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website at