Candidate Qualifying Begins Monday for August Primary Election

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Candidate qualifying began Monday, June 18, for the August primary and general election cycle for state, county and district levels.

"So this is the beginning of the November cycle, the primary will iron out what candidates will move through into the November election," Supervisor of Elections, Mark Andersen, said.

Andersen explained that since the petition period has closed, all candidates who are qualifying this week must pay.

"So at this time, you would have to open a bank account, and actually write a check for the qualifying of the office," he said.

The Bay County Commission has two seats up for election, the District Two seat, currently held by Robert Carroll, who is running for re-election.

The District Four seat, currently held by Guy Tunnell, is also up for election.

Tunnell said he is not seeking re-election.

 Keith Baker, Panama City's Director of Leisure Services, is currently the only candidate qualified for the District Four seat.

Bay District Schools also has three seats open.

District two, held by Ginger Littleton, District Three, held by Joe Wayne Walker and District Five held by Steve Moss.

All three are looking to be re-elected.

There is also one Bay County Judge seat up for election, Shane Vonn, who is currently running unopposed.

"On the state level, they're qualifying this week also, but that's in Tallahassee, so if it's a state level office you need to go directly to Tallahassee," Andersen said.

Andersen encourages candidates to come in as soon as possible to qualify.

"It's better you get in now, and if there's any information or pieces you need to get, gives us some time to work with you, to meet that requirement," he said.

Qualifying will go until Friday, June 22 at noon.

Andersen said the Supervisor of Elections office is also looking for people to work the polling locations.

You can find more information here.

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