Candidates list closed in Glades

Moore Haven, school board have contests Aug. 28

The qualifying period for candidates for municipal and county offices closed June 22 for the elections taking place on Aug. 28 (primary) and Nov. 6 (general) this year.

The Aug. 28 election will have races on the ballot for members of each political party to choose their nominees for Florida governor, Cabinet posts and legislative seats. Also, the nonpartisan races for Moore Haven City Council and for Glades County School Board seats coincide with the primary.

The Moore Haven City Council nonpartisan election features four candidates seeking the two chairs that voters will fill. Incumbents Marc Decker and Bret Whidden, the current mayor, will face challengers Wayne Clay Browning and James Terrel Fielder. The two top vote-getters will be seated on the council.

There are four candidates in the race for three Glades County School Board seats after the qualifying period closed June 22, who will face off in the Aug. 28 nonpartisan election.

Crystal Drake is the candidate for the District 1 seat. Gloria Reese is running in District 2. The sole contested race is for the District 5 seat, between Steven L. Dobbs and incumbent school board member Patricia Pearce.

For the Glades County Board, incumbent Republican County Commissioners Donna Storter Long, in District 2, and John Ahern, in District 4, both face challengers. Jeff Barnes is Ms. Long’s opponent, and Democrat Jerri Lynn Schlueter filed to run against Mr. Ahern. This election coincides with the 2018 general balloting on Nov. 6.

Ms. Long represents much of the western county area including Muse, Port LaBelle and Palmdale, and Mr. Ahern represents most of the Moore Haven area.

Glades County Court Judge Jack E. Lundy is unopposed to retain his seat on the bench.

The last day to register in order to vote in the Aug. 28 election is July 30. Early voting for the primary races takes place Aug. 18 through Aug. 25. The last day to register for the general election is Oct. 9, and early voting is scheduled Oct. 27 through Nov. 3.

Candidate forums will take place in five locations across Glades County during August: on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Doyle Conner Building in LaBelle; on Monday, Aug. 13, at the Muse Community Association building; Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Lakeport Community Association building; Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Ortona Community Association building; and Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Buckhead Ridge Community Association building. All of these meetings will convene at 6:30 p.m.

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