Municipal Candidate Qualifying Begins Monday in Bay County

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - This week, candidates from Springfield, Panama City Beach, Callaway and Mexico Beach are coming to the supervisor of elections office to officially qualify to run for seats that are open within their city government.

"My staff and I work with each person that comes in and make sure they have the right paperwork, and once they have that they'll go on our website as qualified, and then they'll go on the ballot," Bay County Supervisor of Elections, Mark Andersen, said.

The positions open for election are:

Mayor and Commissioner Ward 1 and 2 in Callaway. 
Council Member Group 4 and Group 5 in Mexico Beach. 
Commissioner for Ward 1 and 3 in Panama City Beach.
Mayor and Commissioners Ward 3 and 4 in Springfield.

Several people running for these positions came out on the first day of qualifying to officially begin their candidacy.

Candidates that officially qualified on Monday are:
Skip Stoltz, who is running for the Ward Three seat on the Panama City Beach City Council.
Paul Casto,who is running for the Ward One seat on the Panama City Beach City Council.
Pamn Henderson who is running for Mayor in Callaway.
David Griggs, who is running for Ward Two Seat in Callaway. 
Ralph Hammond, who is running for Mayor in Springfield.

Andersen encourages candidates to come qualify early, in case they have problems with their paperwork.
"Don't wait for the last day until the last minute, because if something's not right you don't get a lot of time to cure it," he said.

Qualifying ends at noon on Friday, February 9.

Voting will be on Municipal Super Tuesday on April 17.

For an updated list on the candidates who are qualified, click here.

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