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Qualifying period set for Commission seats

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc.

The qualifying period for anyone interested in running for City Commission for the Town of Greenville or the City of Madison has been set. Anyone wishing to run for City Commission must qualify during the qualifying period, which has been set for Monday, Jan. 15 through 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan 19.

Currently, there are three seats on the Madison City Commission whose terms expire in March, 2018. Those seats are: District 1, currently held by Rayne Cooks; District 4, currently held by James Stanley and District 5, currently held by Judy Townsend. Anyone wishing to run for one of these seats must be a resident of the City of Madison and should file with the City of Madison at City Hall, located at 321 SW Rutledge St., in Madison. There may be other requirements specified in the city charter. For more information about qualifying, please call (850) 973-5081.

There will also be three seats up for grabs in the Greenville Town Council election in March. Those seats are: the currently vacant Group 1 seat; the Group 2 seat, currently held by Joi Collins and the Group 5 seat, currently held by Brandi Seabrooks. Anyone wishing to run for one of these seats must be a resident of the Town of Greenville and meet other requirements that may be specified in the town charter. In order to qualify, potential candidates must file with the Town of Greenville at Town Hall located at 154 SW Old Mission Ave., in Greenville. For more information about qualifying in Greenville, please call (850) 948-2251.

According to information provided by the Madison County Supervisor of Elections Office, a candidate:

May announce his/her candidacy at any time;

Must file “Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository (Form DS-DE 9) with the Supervisor of Elections office before he/she collects any money toward their candidacy, spends any money in the furtherance of their candidacy, collects signatures to qualify by the petition process, or opens a bank account. (106.021, Florida Statutes);

Must file a Statement of Candidate (Form DS-DE 84) within ten (10) days of filing the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository (106.023, Florida Statutes). The Statement of Candidate is provided by the Supervisor of Elections.

The election date for the City of Madison and the Town of Greenville election is Tuesday, Mar. 13. Books close for that election on Monday, Feb. 12. Early voting (Madison only) will take place from Saturday, Mar. 3 through Saturday, Mar. 10. Vote by mail ballot delivery dates are Friday, Jan 26 for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters and Tuesday, Feb. 6 through Tuesday, Feb. 13.

For more information on this and other elections in Madison County, contact the Madison County Supervisor of Elections' office at 239 SW Pickney St., in Madison, or call (850) 973-6507. You may also visit www.votemadison.com.

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