The 2018 county election ballot underwent some tweaks in the final two days, but has been finalized with the end of candidate qualifying at noon ET last Friday.

Over the final two days candidates joined the fray and others decided maybe not this year.

And Brooke Wooten, drawing no opposition for his District 2 seat on the Gulf County School Board, was automatically re-elected.

“It is very humbling, I am humbled,” Wooten said. “I hope I can take that to mean that I did a good job the past four years for my district and the county.

“I look forward to working hard the next four years.”

Two dates provide the crucibles for the coming county campaign, as they also do for contentious state and federal races, including for governor, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House.

And, of course, there are also a mind-numbing 13 proposals for amendments to the Florida Constitution.

Locally, here is how the key dates break down:


August 28

The primary will also be election day in two school board races.

In addition, the day will see the first round of tallies for the Board of County Commissioners District 4 seat.

Brian Cox, who had filed initial paperwork to challenge for the School Board District 1 seat, decided not to run, leaving Bernadette Hackett and Dennis McGlon vying for the seat.

And for the District 5 seat on the School Board, Ruby Knox and Barbara Radcliff are the candidates.

School Board races are non-partisan and therefore whoever achieves 50 percent-plus one in the primary is elected; with two candidates in each race, someone is going to secure a majority.

As for the District 4 BOCC seat, Democrats Commissioner Sandy Quinn, Jr. and challenger Tan Smiley will reprise their race of four years ago.

The winner will advance to face two candidates who filed with no party affiliation, meaning an automatic advance to the general ballot.

Ronald Pickett (not Boyd as reported last week) and Amy Rogers filed in the last two days of qualifying and will await the Quinn-Smiley winner.


Nov. 6

General election day, beyond the state and federal races, will be all about the Board of County Commissioners with three seats, a majority, up for grabs.

District 1: Incumbent Commissioner David Rich, a Republican, faces challenges from John Nagy, who qualified as a Democrat, and William Lawson, running with no party affiliation.

District 2: Incumbent Ward McDaniel, a Democrat, also faces two challengers, Tom Semmes, who qualified as a Republican, and Josh Taunton, who will run with no party affiliation.

District 4: Whoever the winner of Quinn versus Smiley in the primary will be up against Pickett and Rogers.


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