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Chiefland elections on the horizon

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Chiefland city elections are fast approaching. Qualification for commission seats 1,3 and 5 ends tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. 

Incumbent group 3 Commissioner Rollin Hudson has officially qualified, and, as of Tuesday, is running unopposed.

Group 1 incumbent Commissioner Frank Buie is being challenged by John Chris Jones, though, as of Tuesday, only Jones had officially qualified.

Former Chiefland Mayor Betty Walker, also officially qualified as of Tuesday, and candidate Kathy Green Hudson will be squaring off for the group 5 seat, formerly held by long-time Commissioner Sammy Cason. 

Cason, who has served two terms on the commission for a total of 24 years, said Tuesday he was stepping down for health-related reasons.

"I'll miss working with the people," Cason said. "We kept the city on an even keel for the last six years. We need to do that with this budget the rest of the year."

Concerning the future of Chiefland, Cason said he'd like to see the long-proposed Tri-County Hospital finally come to fruition, and, he admitted, he has concerns about water, explaining that it's going to be tough in the future to balance the needs of agriculture, a growing population and ever-dwindling water resources.

"The town's done pretty good. It's just all over the country is in this kind of shape. We just got to tough it out."

Chiefland elections will be held Aug. 6, at City Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.