Two Bay County Commissioners, School Board Member Win Seats as Qualifying Ends

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Candidate qualifying ended Friday, June 22 at noon for the August Primary and General Election cycle.

In Bay County, there are three candidates that ran unopposed, and won their seat by default.

Districts Two and Four on the Bay County Commission were up for election.

But with each seat only having one candidate, the new commission is already decided.

Incumbent Robert Carroll will continue in his District Two spot, while Keith Baker, Director of Leisure Services in Panama City will be the new District Four Commissioner.

"Still taking it all in, but just happy and humbled to be able to call myself a servant of Bay County," Baker said.

On the Bay District School Board, incumbent Ginger Littleton will keep her District Two seat, as she also ran unopposed.

But incumbent Joe Wayne Walker and Incumbent Steve Moss will have opposition for their seats.

Bay County Supervisor of Elections, Mark Andersen, said the August ballot will also have federal and state level candidates, and will help narrow down the gubernatorial candidates.

"We're going to have decisions to make, and the turnout will be those who decide to vote," he said. "So if you want to know what the turnout will be, it will be those voters who have decided to get involved to make the decision."

The Bay District Schools half-cent sales tax referendum will also be on the August ballot.

That referendum will decide if Bay District Schools can collect the renewed tax starting in January 2021 when the current tax sunsets.

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