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Qualifying for city this week, county next week

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Qualifying for Chiefland's city election on Aug. 5 closes today at 5 p.m., a change from years past when qualifying went until Friday. But nowadays, City Hall, where candidates go to file is closed on Fridays as a cost-cutting measure. 

And for those looking to jump into the Levy County elections, qualifying opens on Monday, June 16, at noon and runs through Friday, June 20, to noon for the Aug. 26 party primary. Candidates can file their paperwork at the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office in Bronson. 

In Chiefland city elections, two seats are up for grabs:

• Group 2 which is occupied by Mayor Teal Pomeroy and 

• Group 4 which is occupied by Vice Mayor Teresa Barron.

As of Tuesday, Barron had partially qualified her candidacy, according to a City Hall spokesperson. 

All candidates run in a wide open race with no party affiliation. The election will take place at City Hall, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On the county level, two Board of County Commissioner seats are open and they are of importance to Chiefland and north county voters as the dividing line for the two districts is U.S. Highway 19. 

Unlike the city, candidates for county, state and federal office run by party affiliation. The only offices on the ballot that do not have a stated affiliation are the races for judgeships and school board, where there are three seats up this year. 

As of Tuesday, the Supervisor of Elections website showed the three incumbent school board members were unopposed. They are:

• District 1 ? Cameron Asbell of Bronson

• District 3 ? Robert Philpot of Williston and 

• District 5 ? Rick Turner of Williston. 

The incumbents for the county commission races have drawn opponents, and one promises to be a replay of the 2010 election. The candidates are:  

• District 2 ? which is held by Chad “Cracker Johnson who is being challenged by  Russel “Rock” Meeks in the Republican primary, which will be a closed primary as Robert Studstill has filed as a no party affiliation candidate. Studstill will face the winner of the primary in the Nov. 4 general election. 

• District 4 ? which is held by Ryan Bell of Chiefland who is being challenged by Lilly Rooks of Rosewood who lost the seat to Bell in the 2010 general election. In that election Rooks was a Democrat, but has since changed her affiliation to Republican. Bell ran in 2010 as a Republican. 

The District 4 race is also the big money race thus far with Rooks reporting $9,500 in contributions to her campaign, including a $5,150 donation to herself. Bell is reporting $8,250 in donations with $5,829.20 coming from him.

In other races to be on the Levy County primary ballot:

• Congress, 3rd District ? incumbent Ted Yoho will face Jake Rush in the Republican primary and the winner of the GOP primary will face Howard Term Limits Lawson of no party affiliation, and Marihelen Wheeler, a Democrat in the general election. All but Lawson, who is from Dunnellon, are from Gainesville. 

• State Representative, District 22 ? Incumbent Charlie Stone of Ocala, a Republican, has not drawn a challenger. 

• District Court of Appeal candidates, who have no party affiliation, are Robert T. Benton, Joseph LewisJr., Scott Makar, Tim Osterhaus and Clay Roberts

• Qualifying for 8th Judicial Circuit judgeships closed in May and three candidates were unopposed while a fourth drew a challenger. Reelected are Robert K. Groeb, Group 1; Phillip A. Pena, Group 7, and James P. Nilon, Group 13.

In the Group 11 race, incumbent William E. Davis is being challenged by William Falik.