Anna Maria incumbents roll into another term

Election Day arrived Nov. 6, but the seats up for grabs in Anna Maria were decided in May.

No new candidates qualified to run against the incumbents for the seats up for election, including two city commission seats and the mayoral post. This left the incumbents unchallenged after qualifying.

Mayor Dan Murphy and Commissioners Brian Seymour and Amy Tripp automatically retained their seats for two years.

Murphy will serve his third term, while Seymour will begin a second term and Tripp will serve her first full term. Tripp was appointed by the commission in February to complete the remainder of Commissioner Nancy Yetter’s term.

The mayor earns a $19,400 annual salary and commissioners are paid $4,800 a year.

Of the 1,082 eligible voters in Anna Maria, 409 turned out to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 midterms. The turnout was 37.8 percent.

In the 2014 midterm election, 37.62 percent of 2,642 registered voters cast ballots.

Murphy, Seymour and Tripp were set to be sworn at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, unless the event is delayed by the recount.