The races are on.
Candidate qualifying for the 2014 election cycle closed last Friday with the two county commission seats drawing multiple candidates.
Both sitting county commissioners will face opposition.
For Commissioner Tan Smiley and challenger Sandy Quinn, Jr. there is a bit of urgency in the District 4 race.
With both candidates Democrats, the Aug. 26 primary is universal, meaning all voters in the district may cast a ballot and the race will be decided in the primary, not advancing to the November general election.
Commissioner Ward McDaniel, the lone Democrat in the District 2 race, has no primary challenger for his run at a second term and advances to the November ballot.
He is automatically joined there by former commissioner Billy Traylor, who is running to regain the seat with no party affiliation.
On the Republican side, Tom Semmes, who ousted Traylor in the primary four years ago before losing to McDaniel in the general election, will face Vicki Adkison Armstrong in the primary.
The winner will join McDaniel and Traylor on the general election ballot.
In addition to the commission seats, three school board seats were in play this year but only one drew multiple candidates.
Sitting school board members Danny Little (District 1) and John Wright (District 5) drew no opposition and automatically secured new four-year terms.
With George Cox retiring from the District 2 seat, James Taunton and Brooke Wooten will face off in the primary to decide who occupies the seat the next four year as school board races are non-partisan by law.
The registration book for the primary closes at 5 p.m. ET July 28.
Voters new to the county or those who have changed addresses or party affiliation have until that date to make changes to the voter registration.
Voters are encouraged to contact the office of Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon at 229-6117 to make appropriate changes to their registration record.
Early voting begins Aug. 16 and continues through Aug. 23.
The early voting locations will be the Supervisor of Elections Office on Long Avenue and the Charles Whitehead Wewahitchka Public Library.
Each weekday, early voting hours are 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET (6:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. CT). On the two Saturdays, the hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET (7 a.m. until 4 p.m. CT) and on the one Sunday the hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET (9 a.m. until 5 p.m. CT).