Election qualifying gets underway

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:52 p.m.

The qualifying period for the Alachua County Commission, School Board and legislative races began Monday and runs through noon Friday.

The District 2 and 4 seats on the County Commission and the office of tax collector are up this November.

While they are elected by voters countywide, the law states that county commissioner candidates must, at the time of their election, live in their district. County Commission and tax collector candidates may qualify via petition by collecting at least 1,650 signatures of registered county voters or by paying a qualifying fee. That fee is $4,226.64 for Republicans and Democrats and $2,817.76 for no party affiliation and minor party candidates.

In the County Commission races Monday, District 2 incumbent Democrat Lee Pinkoson and District 4 Democratic candidate Ken Cornell qualified.

Districts 1,3 and 5 on the School Board are also on the ballot. Candidates are required to live in the district they are running for at the time of qualifying. They may qualify by collecting 1,650 signatures of registered voters in the county or paying a $1,396.64 fee.

On Monday, District 1 incumbent April Griffin, District 3 candidate Philoron A. Wright and District 5 candidate Rob Hyatt qualified.

In Florida Senate and House races, the qualifying fee is $1,781.82 for candidates running with a party affiliation and $1,187.88 for those running with no party affiliation.

Of the local legislative delegation, District 10 state Rep. Elizabeth W. Porter, R-Lake City, had qualified on Monday.

County and School Board candidates qualify at the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office, 111 SE 1st Ave. in downtown Gainesville.

Legislative candidates qualify at the offices of the Florida Division of Elections in Tallahassee.

Christopher Curry is a Gainesville Sun staff writer.

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