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Schaefer elected, Hurst out in Holmes Beach

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Holmes Beach Commission candidate Terry Schaefer shakes hands Nov. 5 with supporter Doug Goerlitz outside the polling location at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive. Schaefer, the only political newcomer in the election, won a seat with 606 votes.
Election signs fill the lawn adjacent to the Holmes Beach polling location at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Voters in Holmes Beach have cast their ballots and political newbie Terry Schaefer was elected to a seat on the dais. Commissioners Jim Kihm and Carol Soustek were re-elected as commissioners.

For the three open seats on the city commission, 658 voted for Kihm, 606 voted to elect incumbent Schaefer and 546 voted for Soustek, while 471 voted for Rick Hurst.

Additionally, voters approved eight amendments to the city charter.

Electors voted “yes” for all eight charter amendments placed on the ballot by the city’s charter review commission.

The vote was 767 “yes” and 90 “no” to charter amendment 1, which will consolidate and revise the legal description of to the city to include the Kingfish Boat Ramp and Grassy Point Preserve — land annexed by the city but not yet included in the city’s boundaries in the charter.

The vote was 704 “yes” and 152 “no” for charter amendment 2, which will require a supermajority vote of the city commission and a referendum in the next general election, approved by a majority of voters, in order for the city to sell, vacate, convey, transfer or abandon real property or rights of way.

The third charter amendment, which will allow budget transfers up to $100,000 to be approved through a resolution, rather than an ordinance, passed with 638 “yes” and 218 “no” votes.

Charter amendment 4, requiring a vote of the commission to terminate a department head, passed with 616 “yes” and 224 “no” votes.

Charter amendment 5, which clarifies language in the charter to state the city treasurer presents the annual audit, but doesn’t prepare it, received 730 “yes” and 119 “no” votes.

Charter amendment 6, removing the “building and public works department,” including the building official and public works director positions, from the charter, passed with 493 “yes” and 345 “no” votes.

Charter amendment 7, which will remove the human resources department from the charter, passed with 557 “yes” and 282 “no” votes.

The vote was 627 “yes” and 228 “no” for charter amendment 8, which transfers election candidacy filing responsibilities from the city clerk to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections, as is the case in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach.

Of 2,692 registered voters in Holmes Beach,

490 cast ballots Nov. 5 at precinct No. 305, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, and 402 voted by mail.

The swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected officials will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Voters decide commission race, charter amendments

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Holmes Beach City Commission candidates Carol Soustek and Terry Schaefer and supporters wave Nov. 5 to passersby to garner votes outside of the polling location at St. Bernard Catholic Church. The polls closed at 7 p.m.
Holmes Beach Commission candidates Terry Schaefer, left, and Jim Kihm pose Nov. 5 outside the polling location at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive. Voters can cast ballots until 7 p.m. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Holmes Beach voters Nov. 5 elected three commissioners — incumbents Jim Kihm and Carol Soustek and newcomer Terry Schaefer.

Rick Hurst placed fourth, with 471 votes, and did not win reelection.

Kihm received 658 votes, according to https://enr.electionsfl.org/MAN/Summary/2532/ unofficial results in the nonpartisan race.

Schaefer received 606 votes.

Soustek received 546 votes.

Holmes Beach voters also approved eight charter amendments.

In Anna Maria, voters approved three charter amendments. Less than 300 people cast ballots.

Read the Nov. 13 issue of The Islander for full coverage.

Anna Maria voters approve charter amendments

The Anna Maria electorate overwhelmingly voted Nov. 5 to approve three changes to the city charter.

The mayor appoints a charter review commission of five people every five years to review the charter and propose changes. This year, all three of the review commission’s proposals were approved.

The first amendment, which requires elected officials to resign if the Florida Commission on Ethics finds them to have violated the state’s code of ethics, was approved by 91.32% with 242 votes.

Voters approved the second amendment, requiring the city commission to confirm mayoral appointments to the city treasurer position, by 86.36% with 228 votes.

They also voted 89.02% for the third amendment, making grammatical and typographical corrections, as well as clarifying language to improve readability. The third amendment drew 235 total votes.

While the election lacked a competition between elected officials, a commission chair remains up for grabs.

Commission Chair Carol Carter automatically retained her seat for another two-year term when the qualifying window closed in August, while Jonathan Crane, former chair of the city’s planning and zoning board, qualified for a commission seat without opposition.

Commissioner Dale Woodland also ran for reelection, but failed to qualify because he paid his qualification fees with the Manatee Supervisor of Elections Office with a personal account. Despite his mistake, nobody qualified to fill his seat, so the commission will appoint a new member later this month.

Woodland has previously told The Islander that he plans to apply for reappointment. If he is appointed by his current peers, it will mark his eighth two-year term as commissioner.

Election approaches, campaign funding slows

As of the Nov. 1 Manatee County Supervisor of Elections reporting deadline, Holmes Beach commission candidate Terry Schafer reported an additional $965 in contributions and $243.81 in in-kind contributions totaling $3,765.

Incumbent Jim Kihm reported an additional $350, for a total of $2,495.

Carol Soustek, also an incumbent, received an additional $520 for a total of $1,770 in campaign funding as of Oct. 31.

Incumbent Rick Hurst did not report additional funds as of Oct. 31.

The Nov. 1 report was the final campaign expense report. Termination reports are due Dec. 2.

Time to vote in Holmes Beach

The day to vote has arrived in Holmes Beach.

The electorate was to cast ballots 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive.

The candidates for three seats include incumbents Rick Hurst, Jim Kihm and Carol Soustek and former ad hoc form-of-government committee member Terry Schaefer.

Additionally, voters will decide eight proposed amendments to the city charter.

The races are nonpartisan.

Visit islander.org for results after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, and find full coverage in the Nov. 13 issue of The Islander.

Anna Maria fills commission vacancy in ‘short’ order

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Anna Maria resident Mark Short, a retired accountant, asks city commissioners Sept. 26 to appoint him to fill a commission seat vacated by Brian Seymour. Islander Photos: Ryan Paice

The wait for a new Anna Maria city commissioner proved short.

City commissioners unanimously voted Sept. 26 to appoint five-year resident Mark Short, a retired accountant and member of the city’s planning and zoning board, to serve the remainder of Brian Seymour’s commission term. Short resigned his post on the P&Z board the same night.

Seymour resigned in August after commissioners vote against an amendment to the city’s liquor ordinance that would have allowed him to open a liquor store on Pine Avenue.

The new store was planned for an empty storefront near the Anna Maria General Store, 503 Pine Ave., which Seymour owns.

Two applicants — Short and 39-year resident Jack Bergbom — applied for the seat, but only Short attended the meeting.

The commission gave Short an opportunity to make his case for an appointment before they voted.

He said he worked to become involved in the community after he moved to Anna Maria, including serving on the P&Z board, as well as earlier in the year on the charter review committee.

“In addition to my finance background, probably one other comment I would make is that being a newer resident of the city of Anna Maria, I think that I have a perspective that hopefully would be thoughtful,” he said.

“No offense to current commissioners, but having ‘new blood,’ if you will, and a newer perspective, I think would be beneficial,” Short added.

After hearing from Short, commissioners Carol Carter, Doug Copeland, Amy Tripp and Dale Woodland ranked the applicants.

Short was the first choice for the four seated commissioners.

City clerk Leanne Addy administered the oath of office to Short following the vote, and he joined the commission on the dais for the remainder of the meeting — after resigning from the P&Z board.

Short will serve until November 2020, when his one-year term will come up for election.

“It feels great,” Short said. “I think, for me, it’s about being a part of and participating in things that are important to the city.”

“I’m just really looking forward to just being a part of that and contributing what I can,” he continued.

Signs go up, election season kicks off

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Campaign signs are posted near the intersection of 62nd Street and Marina Drive Sept. 25, for Holmes Beach incumbent Commissioners Jim Kihm and Carol Soustek and political newcomer Terry Schaefer. They are running for seats on the city commission in the Nov. 5 election, as is incumbent Rick Hurst. There are four candidates for three seats. Voters also will face seven charter questions on the ballot. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Election 2019: Voter registration deadline Oct. 7

The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 5 election in Holmes Beach is Oct. 7.

Also, absentee ballots for the election will go out Thursday, Oct. 3. The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office mailed military and overseas ballots Sept. 20.

In Holmes Beach, there are four candidates for three city commission seats — incumbents Jim Kihm, Carol Soustek and Rick Hurst are running, as is Terry Schaefer.

Holmes Beach voters also will see proposed charter amendments on their ballots.

There are no races for elected office in Anna Maria or Bradenton Beach in 2019.

The first balloting in 2020 will be the presidential preference primary March 17.

For more information about becoming a candidate or registering to vote, go online to votemanatee.com.

Election 2019: Qualifying continues through Aug. 30

The qualification period to run for local office in the Nov. 5 election closes at noon Friday, Aug. 30.

Three commission seats — now held by Doug Copeland, Carol Carter and Dale Woodland — will be up in Anna Maria.

Copeland is not seeking re-election, but Woodland and Carter are again running for two-year terms and planning and zoning board chair Jonathan Crane announced he is a candidate.

As of Aug. 24, Crane and Woodland had qualified for the ballot.

Commission seats held by Jim Kihm, Carol Soustek and Rick Hurst will be up for election in Holmes Beach. Kihm and Soustek are running again for two-year terms and Terry Schaefer, who recently served on the city’s ad hoc government review committee, is a candidate.

Hurst has not said whether he will seek re-election.

As of Aug. 24, no one had qualified for the Holmes Beach ballot.

In Bradenton Beach, commission seats held by Jake Spooner in Ward 1 and Randy White in Ward 3 will be up for election, as well as the mayoral post held by John Chappie.

Chappie and Spooner are seeking re-election, but White is not running. Former Commissioner Jan Vosburgh has announced her candidacy for the Ward 3 seat.

As of Aug. 24, no one had qualified for the ballot.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election will be Oct. 7.

For more information about becoming a candidate or registering to vote, go online to votemanatee.com.

Midterm brings eager, early voters

Voters in the Nov. 2 election seemed eager to avoid midterm madness at Anna Maria Island polls, casting ballots early and absentee in strong numbers.

The trend also was witnessed at the statewide level, with the state Division of Elections reporting that nearly 2.3 million voters cast ballots before the polls opened at 7 a.m. last Tuesday.

In Anna Maria, where there are 1,331 registered voters, 935 votes were cast in the mayoral race, including 265 by absentee and 32 in early voting. Overall, turnout was at 73 percent, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office.

In Bradenton Beach, polling took place at Tingley Memorial Library. There are 923 registered voters in the city — 455 of them cast ballots in the commission race, including 347 at Tingley, 78 by absentee and 30 in early voting.

In Holmes Beach, there are two precincts — Precinct 92, with polling at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and Precinct 93, with polling at St. Bernard Catholic Church.

In Precinct 92, where there are 1,611 registered voters, the overall turnout was 62 percent. There were 696 people who voted at the church, 248 who voted absentee and 62 who voted early.

In Precinct 93, where there are 1,707 registered voters, turnout was 58 percent. There were 675 who voted at St. Bernard, 261 who voted absentee and 55 who voted early at the supervisor’s office.

While early and absentee balloting was heavy, election judges still found lines when they opened polling places on Election Day.

“It’s been pretty busy,” said election judge Larry Leffew, stationed outside St. Bernard in Holmes Beach. “There was a line at the start of people waiting to get in and then, from there, a constant stream.”

One voter in the stream, Carla Kuizon, said she has never missed an election: “Not even when I was overseas.”

She added, “I always vote. I was taught that. And I’ve taught that.”

Island voters cast ballots in local, state and federal races — from fire district to U.S. senator, from city commission to governor.

In the races at the top of the ballot, the Island votes were in line with the rest of the state.

For U.S. Senate, Republican Marco Rubio won with 49 percent of the vote, followed by Independent Charlie Crist with 29 percent and Democrat Kendrick Meek with 20 percent.

On the Island, Rubio polled as high as 54 percent in Holmes Beach Precinct 92 and as low as 47 percent in Bradenton Beach. Meek, meanwhile, barely reached over 10 percent on the Island, but Crist’s numbers were much higher than the state percentage — 37 percent in Anna Maria, 36 percent in Holmes Beach and 38 percent in Bradenton Beach.

For the U.S. House, incumbent Vern Buchanan again won his district, defeating James Golden 69 percent to 31 percent.

On the Island, Buchanan polled the highest in Holmes Beach’s Precinct 92, 70 percent, and the lowest in Bradenton Beach, 65 percent.

For governor, Republican Rick Scott defeated Democrat Alex Sink 49 percent to 48 percent statewide.

On the Island, Scott did slighter better than the statewide stat, polling more than 50 percent.

In the Legislature, the Island’s new representative will be Republican Jim Boyd, who defeated Independent Dave Miner overall with 62 percent of the vote.

On the Island, Boyd polled 61 percent in Anna Maria, 58 percent in Bradenton Beach and 62 percent in Holmes Beach.

In the race for an at-large seat on the Manatee County Commission, incumbent Republican Carol Whitmore won easily, with close to 70 percent of the vote countywide and polling above 70 percent on the Island.

In one of three West Manatee Fire District commission races, voters elected a challenger over an incumbent — Scott Ricci defeated Mike Mulyck. Incumbents Larry Tyler and John Rigney won their races against Michael Carlton and Monther Kobrosly respectively.

In Island city races, Mike Selby defeated Sandy Mattick for mayor in Anna Maria, incumbents Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti kept their seats on the Holmes Beach City Commission against a challenge from Jean Peelen, and incumbent Janet Vosburgh defeated Michael Harrington for the Bradenton Beach Ward 4 commission seat.

Precinct, early and absentee ballots were certified last week at the supervisor’s office in Bradenton. Provisional ballots were scheduled to be reviewed Nov. 12. However, there were no provisional ballots from the Island precincts.

Key races, at a glance

Selby is new Anna Maria mayor

BB voters approve charter changes

Vosburgh wins BB Ward 4 race

Incumbents returned to HB offices

2 incumbents, newcomer elected to fire board

Resounding vote returns Whitmore to office

Key races, at a glance

Anna Maria Mayor
Sandy Mattick: 45.56 percent
Michael Selby: 54.43 percent

Bradenton Beach Ward 4 Commission
Michael Harrington: 40 percent
Janet Vosburgh: 60 percent

Holmes Beach City Commission (vote for 2)
Sandy Haas-Martens: 40.69 percent
John Monetti: 38.08 percent
Jean Peelen: 21.22 percent

Manatee County Commission, District 6
Carol Whitmore: 68.85 percent
Sundae Lynn Knight: 31.14 percent

Manatee County Commission, District 4
Robin DiSabatino: 60.52 percent
Roger C. Galle: 39.47 percent

Manatee County School Board, District 3
Julie B. Aranibar: 55.89 percent
Jane Pfeilsticker: 44.10 percent

Florida House District 68
Jim Boyd: 62 percent
David Miner: 37.97 percent

West Manatee Fire Rescue District, Seat 2
Michael Mulyck: 40.79 percent
Scott Ricci: 59.20 percent

West Manatee Fire Rescue District, Seat 3
Michael P. Carleton: 43.33 percent
Larry Tyler: 56.66 percent

West Manatee Fire Rescue District, Seat 4
Monther Kobrosly: 29.53 percent
John Rigney: 70.46 percent
Source: Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office