10 Holmes Beach candidates poised for fall election

Let the election begin.

All three Holmes Beach races have competing candidates, said city clerk Stacey Johnston.

Holmes Beach voters will choose a new mayor, two city commissioners and five charter review commissioners in the Nov. 6 municipal election.

At least 10 candidates have picked up election qualifying packets from Johnston.

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

Two candidates have stepped up in the hope of succeeding Mayor Bob Johnson, whose second two-year term expires in November. He announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election.

Commission Chair Judy Titsworth, a Holmes Beach native, will forfeit her seat as commissioner if elected mayor. Her campaign treasurer is her twin sister, Jean Bystrom.

Holmes Beach native Joshua Linney, a member of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee, also will run for mayor. He is serving as his own treasurer.

“It’s going to be a tough run,” Linney said. “If it was easy, it wouldn’t be fun.”

Commissioner Pat Morton wants an eighth term, having been returned to office each election cycle since 2003. He will be his own treasurer.

The mayor and city commissioners serve two-year terms.

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

Kim Rash also is a commission candidate. He has yet to raise any campaign funds, according to a report filed June 4 with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections by campaign treasurer Marjorie Motzer.

Claudia Carlson, David Cheshire, Nancy Deal, Major Leckie, John Rigney and Edward F. Upshaw all are possible charter commission candidates.

Neither Leckie nor Upshaw have raised funds or named a campaign treasurer, according to the Manatee County supervisor of elections website. They were the only qualified charter review candidates listed on the SOE website as of June 15.

Charter review commissioners serve until the review is completed.

Candidates for Holmes Beach office must be U.S. citizens, registered voters in Manatee County and a city resident for two years before qualifying.

The candidate election assessment fee is $240 for mayor, $60 for commissioner and free for the charter commission, which is a volunteer position.

Candidates may file an oath of undue burden if they want to avoid paying the filing fee.

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