The announcement last week by Anna Maria Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick that she would not seek a fourth term in office, coupled with Mayor Mike Selby’s earlier statement he would not run for another term, has left the race wide open for one of the two commission seats and the mayor’s office in the November election.
And there appear to be a few people interested in running for either position, including Sandy Mattick, Commissioner Mattick’s daughter, who was unsuccessful in her 2010 bid for the mayor’s office against Selby.
Janet Aubry, wife of former Commissioner Gene Aubry, who also has picked up an election packet, said Mattick asked her to get two packets for her from city hall. Janet Aubry said she did not know why Mattick wanted two packets.
Efforts to reach Sandy Mattick for comment on her possible bid for office were unsuccessful before press time for The Islander.
Incumbent Commissioner Chuck Webb has picked up his qualifying packet and said he will run for a third term.
Environmental education and enhancement chair Billy Malfese has a packet, but efforts to reach him for comment were unsuccessful.
Gene Aubry served as commissioner from September 2010 to November 2011, but did not elect to run for a second, full term last November. Aubry was elected 363-333 over Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus in a special September 2010 election that also saw Stoltzfus recalled from office.
Aubry said he has not made up his mind to run for commissioner as he must consider his workload as an architect against commissioner duties.
On Friday, May 25, Commissioner SueLynn — who is not up for re-election — picked up two packets.
Efforts to reach SueLynn to determine if she was planning to give up her commission seat to run for the office of mayor, or who she pulled packets for also were unsuccessful before press deadline. SueLynn was mayor of Anna Maria from 2002-2006.
As a sitting commissioner, SueLynn could run for the office of mayor, but would have to resign from the commission before seeking the office.
Another potential commission candidate is planning and zoning board member Nancy Yetter, who said she is “seriously considering” running for the office of mayor, but has not yet made a decision or picked up a packet.
Yetter was unsuccessful in her 2011 bid for a commission seat.
Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird said anyone could pick up a packet for himself, herself, or someone else. What counts is who has qualified for the election by the deadline — noon, Friday, June 8.
There are now seven election qualifying packets circulating in Anna Maria for three positions up for election in the November city vote.
Baird said she would get more election packets from the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections after handing out four packets May 25.
“I started with eight and only have one left, so I better get more right away,” Baird said.
When a candidate does qualify for the election in Anna Maria or any county office, that person’s name will be posted on the supervisor of elections website at www.votemanatee.org in the candidates section.