Holmes Beach election qualifying period set June 18-22

Holmes Beach voters will elect a new mayor in the general election set for Nov. 6. And two commission seats also will be on the ballot.

The new Holmes Beach mayor and commissioners could preside over a historic moment.

Five charter review commissioners also will be elected for the city’s required five-year review, which could pave the way for hiring a city manager.

The Holmes Beach ad hoc committee formed by the mayor to study the city’s form of government has recommended changing city government to add a city manager to oversee the administration.

The committee, which adopted the recommendation at its April 16 meeting, is expected to formally present it to the commission in June.

The charter, required of all state municipalities by the Florida Constitution, is a statement of governmental duties and citizen powers.

Some people call it the city bible.

The last city charter commission, convened in 2014, considered replacing the mayor’s position with a professional city manager, according to Mayor Bob Johnson, who sat on the committee with David Cheshire, Pam Leckie, David Lester and James Plath.

Ultimately, the charter commission decided it did not have time to properly make the recommendation.

“Now is the time to seriously examine our structure of government and determine what changes we need to take to ensure progress and continuity as we move through the immediate future,” Johnson said.

Commission Chair Judy Titsworth initially opposed forming the government review committee, but eventually relented.

Johnson is not running for re-election after completing consecutive two-year terms. The annual salary for the mayor is $24,000.

Titsworth and Commissioner Pat Morton are up for re-election. Commissioners are paid $6,000 a year.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens, registered voters in Manatee County and residents of Holmes Beach for two years prior to qualifying.

The candidate election assessment fee is $240 for mayor, $60 for commissioner and free for volunteer charter commissioners.

Candidates may file an oath of undue burden to avoid paying a fee.

All candidates must collect 15 petition signatures from voters living in the city and file a candidate residency affidavit.

Before opening a campaign bank account, or accepting or spending funds, candidates also must appoint a campaign treasurer and establish a campaign depository.

Candidate qualifying opens at noon Monday, June 18, and closes at noon Friday, June 22.


Holmes Beach election at a glance
Three expiring terms: Mayor. Bob Johnson has announced he will not seek re-election. Commission seats held by Pat Morton and Judy Titsworth.

Candidate qualifying period: Noon Monday, June 18, to noon Friday, June 22.

Scuttlebutt: Titsworth has stated she is considering a run for mayor. Kim Rash and Joshua Linney have said they may run for the commission.

Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Registered voters: 2,791, as of May 10.

Qualifying officer: City clerk Stacey Johnston.

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