Candidate qualifying for next month’s Port St. Joe municipal elections ended last week with one seat set and two others contested.


Candidate qualifying for next month’s Port St. Joe municipal elections ended last week with one seat set and two others contested.



Mel Magidson earned his fourth term as Mayor/Commissioner when no challengers qualified to run against him.



As for the Group II seat, incumbent Bo Patterson will face a challenge from political newcomers Eddie Fields.



The Group I seat, which Commissioner Bill Kennedy is vacating after one term, will be contested by David Ashbrook and William Thursbay, both making their first foray into the political arena.



The voter registration book for the May 14 election closes at 5 p.m. ET on April 15. This is for new voter registration or party changes, though party affiliation has no bearing on this city-wide election.



The last day to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. ET on May 8.



Early voting will begin May 4 and continue through May 11 at the Supervisor of Elections Office on Long Avenue in Port St. Joe.



Early voting will take place 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET on each day, including Saturdays, exclusive of Sundays.



There will be no early voting on Sunday, May 5.