MANATEE -- Candidates lined up money in hand Monday to qualify to run for office.
As the clock struck noon, a line formed as qualifying week kicked off at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office in Bradenton.
Frank Brunner, 47, executive director of the Manatee Crime Stoppers, was among the first to qualify. Brunner, a former member of the Manatee School Board, is running for the District 4 seat on the school board.
Garry Lawson, 55, a retired firefighter who has been fire commissioner for the East Manatee Fire District for 16 years, was also filing to run again.
"We want to keep the trend going," he said. "No new taxes in eight years, no debt service, every facility, every firetruck, is paid for."
Judith Lammers, 70, a retired CPA, was waiting to qualify for a seat on the Harrison Ranch Community Development District.
"I've been attending CDD meetings," she said. "I feel like I have more qualifications than others. I'm a retired CPA and understand budgeting."
Qualifying ends at noon Friday, said Sharon Stief, chief deputy supervisor of elections.
Other candidates who qualified, according to the elections office website:
Michael Gallen, Robin DiSabatino and Carol Whitmore, running for re-election to the Manatee County Commission.
Troy Thomas and Terri Kay Wonder, challenging Gallen and Whitmore, respectively.
Charles "Charlie" Kennedy, running for the District 2 seat on the school board.
Several community development district candidates qualified, most running unopposed.
The primary election is Aug. 26 and the general election is Nov. 4.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.