13 candidates qualify in 3 Holmes Beach races

Political intrigue swirled around Holmes Beach during the final 24 hours of candidate qualifying, which ended at noon June 22.

Thirteen candidates qualified to run, according to city clerk Stacey Johnston, the Holmes Beach election official. Four qualified during the 24 hours before the deadline.

At least three more candidates possessed election packets but did not turn them in to qualify, said Johnston.

Eight of the 13 candidates can succeed at the ballot box.

Holmes Beach voters will choose a new mayor, two city commissioners and five charter review commissioners at the ballot box Nov. 6.

Two candidates are in the race to succeed Mayor Bob Johnson, whose second two-year term expires in November. He chose not to seek re-election.

Commission Chair Judy Titsworth, a Holmes Beach native, is in the race for mayor and must forfeit her seat as commissioner if elected.

Joshua Linney, also a Holmes Beach native and a member of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee, is challenging for the mayor’s seat.

“The people will have choices for everything,” Linney said. “I’m really looking forward to this.”

Three candidates qualified to run for commissioner, according to Johnston.

Political newcomer Don Purvis ensured a contested race as the third candidate to qualify after incumbent Commissioner Pat Morton and another first-timer, Kim Rash.

The mayor and city commissioners serve two-year terms.

The mayor is paid $24,000 and commissioners are paid $6,000 per year.

Eight charter review commission candidates have qualified to be on the ballot: Jay Calhoun, Claudia Carlson, Nancy Deal, Major Leckie, Sean Murphy, John Rigney, Edward Foster Upshaw and David Zaccagnino.

“I’m surprised we will have a charter commission election,” Johnston said. “It’s the first time.”

Johnston said three more potential charter-review candidates picked up packets but did not return them to qualify: David Cheshire, John Monetti and Marjorie Motzer.

Charter commissioners serve without pay and the committee only exists until the review is completed.

As of June 21, the city had 2,801 registered voters.