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Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman fails to meet qualifying deadline for election

A Holmes Beach commissioner will be unable to run in the next election because he didn’t fill all requirements in time for the June 24 deadline.

Marvin Grossman, 78, said Thursday a technical difficulty at the last minute excluded him from being able to seek re-election in the fall.

There are no other candidates, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website.

“I needed to write a check from a campaign account as opposed to from my regular account,” said Grossman.

Grossman said his wife was recently admitted into home hospice care.

“She’s been sick,” the commissioner said. “She’s very ill and family problems kept me from really paying attention to it.”

According to Holmes Beach City Clerk Stacey Johnston, Grossman had filed some paperwork before the noon June 24 deadline. She said the commissioner came in that Friday to complete the rest and pay his $60 election assessment fee.

“He gave me a personal check. I asked him if that was his campaign account — it didn’t appear to be — and he said no, that he was going to do that the next week,” Johnston told a Herald reporter Thursday. “I said at that point there wasn’t enough time before the deadline to do that.”

Johnston said, the way the city charter reads, the Holmes Beach Commission will have to appoint someone in the fall to fill Grossman’s position until the next election cycle.

“Whoever is appointed will serve until November of 2017,” the city clerk said. “If they were to appoint Grossman in November (this year), he will serve then until November. If he chooses to rerun again, he can do that and — depending on the vote — he may get a two-year term the next time.”

In the past, Grossman said he’s met with his treasurer to set up the campaign account and handle paperwork before deadline.

“It’s been a privilege for me to work for the citizens of Holmes Beach. Over the last four years, I’ve been able to accomplish a lot as far as the citizens are concerned and what the goals were and I hope that the commission will take that into consideration and appoint me,” Grossman said. “There was never any intent for me not to serve the next two years. I’ve been actually looking forward to the things that we can do to help the community.”

Amaris Castillo: 941-745-7051, @AmarisCastillo

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