13 apply Levy school board seat; 14 for county commission

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 11:44 a.m.

Gov. Charlie Crist has received applications from 13 people who want to fill a vacant seat on the Levy County School Board and 14 applications from people who would like to fill in for two suspended Levy County commissioners.


List of Applicants

Levy County Board of County Commissioners applicants:
D- Ted Asbell, 66, Chiefland, retired CSX Transportation foreman
D - Sunshine Baynard, 32, Chiefland, 8th Judicial Circuit Assistant
Public defender
D- David J.Bibby, 70, Williston, assistant supervisor, City of Williston Airport
R - Abraham Blitch, 37, Trenton (rural Levy County), owner of
Southland Trucking, Inc. and Abiding Faith, Inc.
R - Darryl Diamond, 58, Inglis, Realtor for Diamond Investments Inc.
R- Lannie D. Cardona, 65, Cedar Key, substitute teacher for Cedar Key
School and retired executive director from economic, business and
tourist development industries
D - Roger Crossman, 54, Inglis, owner of Crossman Stucco and Stone
R - Marsha Drew, 58, Yankeetown, vice-mayor of Yankeetown and owner of
Marsha Drew Event Planner
Independent - Harold Imgrund, 66, Trenton (rural Levy County), owner
of small retail sales and retired from Archer Daniels Midland as an
instrument technician
Independent - David Leach, 59, Chiefland, owner of Main Street Framing
and Photography
D - Al Macri, 54, Morriston, self-employed in electronic repairs and
buying and selling estates
No political party listed - Walton McJordan, 71, Cedar Key, owner of
Shirmac Inc. a development company/retired from Northwest Airlines
R - James Michael Petrovich, 67, Yankeetown, retired U.S. Navy Commander
D - Jennefer Shuster, 60, Inglis, designer and fabricator for Graphic
Designs and Signs, former Levy County School Board member (also
applied for the vacant school board seat)

School Board of Levy County applicants:
R - Cameron Asbell, 39, Bronson, owner of Cameron Asbell Insurance Agency
R - James Billings, 55, Chiefland, Florida Department of Children and
Families Family Services Counselor and Child Care Licensure
R - Jack Cowart, 70, Bronson, owner of JAC-PAC Distributors
D - Eddie Hatch, 67, Trenton (rural Levy County) self employed at
Silk Sunshine and JC Penney Catalog
D - Donald Frazer, 60, Morriston, retired AT&T lineman
D - William Goess, 43, Bronson, general manager of General Parts Inc.
R - Adamarie Keeton, 53, Bronson, co-owner of BK Cypress Log Homes Inc.
R - Jason Kennedy, 31, Bronson owner Wholesale Furniture Dealers
R - John Myers, 64, Chiefland, retired Hillsborough County Sheriff's
Office detective
R - Wesely Sache, 54, Chiefland, self-employed farmer
D - Jennefer Shuster, 60, Inglis, designer and fabricator for Graphic
Designs and Signs, former Levy County School Board member (also
applied for county commission seat)
R - Juanita Terrell, 60, Williston, semi-retired teacher working as a
substitute in Alachua County
Independent - David White, 35, Bronson, a construction superintendent
for Beach Constrction

A spokesman for the governor said the vacancies could be filled within 30 days. Meanwhile, a federal trial for the suspended commissioners has been moved from February to May.

Read the applications submitted to the Governor's Office.

The school board seat was vacated in November when Billy Morrison resigned after reaching a plea deal for an October indecent exposure charge. Whoever replaces him will be up for election during the 2010 election cycle. The job pays $26,317 a year.

Filling the commission seats is a more complicated issue involving a lot of if-this-happens-then-that-happens. Both commissioners were re-elected to four year terms in 2008. Commissioners are paid $33,419 a year.

Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker were indicted by a federal grand jury in November on charges of conspiring and soliciting bribes in connection with their positions in government and offering their approval for developments in exchange for money or other incentives. Yearty and Parker were placed on unpaid suspension from their seats pending the outcome of their federal charges or their resignations.

They had been scheduled to go to trial at the federal courthouse in Gainesville on Feb. 2, but a judge has agreed to delay the trial until May 4 to give defense attorneys more time to prepare their cases. According to Crist spokesman Sterling Ivey, the governor is under no deadline to replace Morrison, Yearty or Parker.

"There is no specific time frame, but there may be appointments within 30 days," Ivey said. Those named to fill in for Yearty and Parker would be serving for unknown periods of time.

If either suspended commissioner resigns, Ivey said the governor's appointee would serve until the next regularly scheduled election, which is in 2010. Then the seat would be up for election for a special two-year term to serve out the remainder of the four-year term.

Should the commissioners chose to remain suspended, Ivey said the governor's appointees would remain in office until one of two things happens. First, the appointees could serve until the charges are resolved by being dropped by prosecutors, the commissioners are acquitted or a judge dismisses the case and the commissioners could return to office.

However, Ivey said, if the commissioners are convicted, they would be removed from office and the governor's appointees would serve until the next regularly scheduled election in 2010. Then the seat would be up for election for a special two-year term to serve out the remainder of the four-year term.

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