Heads up on 2018 local elections

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
February 12, 2018 11:48 a.m.

Nassau County voters will once again have an opportunity to go to the polls in November to decide some important local races, in addition to so-called off year elections at the state and national level.

County offices up for grabs as of this writing include two County Commission seats, three School Board seats, and three Ocean Highway and Port Authority (OHPA) seats. Although it is early in the election cycle, the following have already filed to run for election (or re-election):

  • Nassau County Commission District 2: Steve Kelley (Incumbent)
  • Nassau County Commission District 4: George Spicer (Incumbent)
  • School Board District 1: Robin Lentz, Donna Martin (Incumbent)
  • School Board District 3: Jamie Deonas (Incumbent)
  • School Board District 5: Lissa Braddock, Nicklas Hermann, Jonathan Petree (Incumbent)
  • OHPA District 3: Adam Salzburg (Incumbent)
  • OHPA District 4: Carrol Franklin (Incumbent)
  • OHPA District 5: Mike Cole, John Van Delinder

All those who have filed to date to run for County Commission and OHPA (partisan races) are Republican. School Board races are non-partisan.

Municipal races will also be held this fall. While no one has filed as yet to run for two seats on the Fernandina Beach City Commission, incumbents Len Kreger and Roy Smith have publicly announced their intention to seek reelection.

In Callahan, Martin Fontes has filed to run for Mayor.

For information on seeking election or voting, contact the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Nassau County Supervisor of Elections for the latest information.

Editor’s Note: Suanne Z. Thamm is a native of Chautauqua County, NY, who moved to Fernandina Beach from Alexandria,VA, in 1994. As a long time city resident and city watcher, she provides interesting insight into the many issues that impact our city. We are grateful for Suanne’s many contributions to the Fernandina Observer.

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