Friday marks election qualifying deadline in Manatee

kirby@bradenton.comJune 19, 2014 

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MANATEE -- Friday is the qualifying deadline for candidates running for office in Manatee County.

If hopefuls for the Manatee County School Board, the Manatee County Commission, Bradenton City Council and other boards, councils and commissions don't qualify by noon on Friday, they won't be considered candidates for this year's elections.

In order to qualify, candidates have to file the candidate oath, file required financial disclosures, present certifications of petition signatures and pay filing fees.

School board members and city council members are nonpartisan, while county commissioners are partisan.

As of Thursday afternoon, two candidates have qualified for the Manatee School Board Distict 2 position; two have qualified for the District 4 position, including incumbent Karen Carpenter; and two have qualified for the District 5 position.

Current school board District 2 member Barbara Harvey has announced that she's

not running for re-election.

Julie Aranibar, the current school board District 5 representative, said she has been busy and has not been able to officially qualify yet, but said she would not have filed her papers if she did not intend to run.

In the Manatee County Commission races, four people have qualified for the District 2 spot, including incumbent Michael Gallen. Only incumbent Robin DiSabatino has qualified for the District 4 spot and two have qualified for the District 6 spot, including incumbent Carol Whitmore.

In the Bradenton City Council race, incumbent Gene Brown is the only qualifier for Ward 2, incumbent and Vice Mayor Bemis Smith is the only qualifier for Ward 4 and there are two qualifiers for Ward 3, including incumbent Councilman Patrick Roff.

The election for the school board and the primary election for the county commission are on Aug, 26.

If a winning candidate for a school board position doesn't get at least 50 percent of the vote, a run off will occur in November.

The election for city councils and other boards is in November as well.

Candidates who have qualified so far are:

Manatee County School Board

• Rodney Jones, District 2

• Charles Kennedy, District 2

• Frank Brunner, District 4

• Karen Carpenter, incumbent, District 4

• Mary Cantrell, District 5

• Carlton "Les" Nichols, District 5

Manatee County Commission

• Michael Gallen (D), incumbent, District 2

• Corie Holmes (D), District 2

• Charles Smith (D), District 2

• Troy Thomas, write-in candidate, District 2

• Robin DiSabatino (R), incumbent, District 4

• Carol Whitmore (R) incumbent, District 6

• Terri Wonder (D), District 6

Bradenton City Council

• Gene Brown, incumbent, Ward 2

• Patrick Roff, incumbent, Ward 3

• Paul Thomas, Ward 3

• Bemis Smith, incumbent, Ward 4

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