MANATEE COUNTY -- The Anna Maria Island cities are gearing up for election season.
The cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach will hold elections Nov. 5.
The city of Anna Maria has three commission seats up for election. Four people are running, including challengers Carol Armacost and Michael Jaworski and incumbents Dale Woodland and Douglas Copeland.
City Clerk Alice Baird said qualified candidates must be a resident for two years, get 10 signatures and file all necessary paperwork, which includes an affidavit showing proof of residency.
All candidates pay a feeto run, which varies fromcity to city. Candidates have an option to file an un-due burden oath thatwaives the fee if candidates cannot afford to run for office.
"It's to eliminate discriminating against someone who might not have the money to run for office, but it will allow them to run," Baird said.
The city of Holmes Beach has three commission seats and five charter review seats up for election. Candidates must get 15 signatures and file all paperwork with City Clerk Stacey Johnston, who serves as the election official.
"I take in all qualifying info and everything to getting someone qualified for the elections," said Johnston.
Challenger Carol Soustek is one of four candidates qualified to run for commission, along with incumbents Pat Morton, Jean Peelen and David Zaccagnino.
Charter Review Commission candidates include David Cheshire, Bob Johnson, Pam Leckie and James Plath.
Anna Maria and Holmes Beach elect all top vote-getters.
In Bradenton Beach, three positions are up for election, including the mayor and commission seats for Ward 3 and 4.
Each candidate needs 10 signatures and 10 affidavits from residents who vouch for the candidacy.
"You have to reside for a period of nine months total before in order to qualify," said Sharon Spief, chief deputy with the department of elections.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.