List of Holmes Beach election prospects grows

It appears the Nov. 6 election in Holmes Beach will offer voters plenty of choices.

At least eight people have picked up qualifying packets from city clerk Stacey Johnston.

In the nonpartisan Nov. 6 municipal election, Holmes Beach voters will elect a mayor and two city commissioners to two-year terms, and five charter review commission members, who serve until the review is completed.

At least two candidates are considering a run to succeed Mayor Bob Johnson, whose second two-year term expires in November. He announced earlier this year he is not running for re-election.

Commission Chair Judy Titsworth, a Holmes Beach native, is one likely mayoral contender. Her term as commissioner is up with the November election.

Holmes Beach native Joshua Linney, a member of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee, also may run for mayor.

Commissioner Pat Morton, the most experienced commissioner, is aiming to be re-elected an eighth time since 2003.

Kim Rash is another possible commission candidate.

David Cheshire, Claudia Carlson, Nancy Deal and Major Leckie are possible charter commission candidates.

Candidates for Holmes Beach office must be U.S. citizens, registered voters in Manatee County and city residents 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 cannot afford or decline to pay the filing fees.

All candidates must collect 15 petition signatures from voters living in the city and file a candidate residency and financial 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 will open at noon Monday, June 18, and close at noon Friday, June 22.


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The Holmes Beach Planning Commission soon will have two openings.

Terms are expiring for current planners Barbara Hines and Jayne Christenson, according to city clerk Stacey Johnston.

Holmes Beach commissioners can reappoint Hines and Christenson or appoint new members — all volunteer positions — to three-year terms at their June 26 meeting.

The planning commission will next meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

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