• Candidates pack'em in at forum

    The first of four candidate forums began with a resounding message from Tammy Jones, Supervisor of Elections. Aug. 30 is THE election.

    Because only Republican candidates are vying for county races, winners will be decided when Levy County voters head to the polls in a month.

    That means when registered Democrats get their ballots in August, there will be Republican candidates on it, Jones said, despite the fact this is a primary election.

  • Public gets their questions answered by hopefuls

    Saturday's candidate forum, sponsored by Williston AARP Chapter 912 and Citizens for an Engaged Electorate, drew several questions and raised many more that were left unanswered due to time constraints.

    What follows are the paraphrased questions and answers.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Q: What changes to standards, curriculum and testing do you support?

    Jerry Lawrence: There's too much teaching to test, he said, and it takes away from what students need to learn. He supports working toward the elimination of so much testing.

  • Warning: County offices to be filled in Aug. 30 election

    It's a funny thing, but usually candidates for local office square off in a party primary and then face their opponents in the other party in the general election.

    Not so this year in Levy County where the Republican Party is dominating local elections and the Democratic Party candidates are nonexistent.

  • County elections already being decided

    For those who have not returned their absentee (vote by mail) ballots and are undecided about who to vote for in county races you have a chance to study up on the candidates in this issue of the Chiefland Citizen.

    The Levy County Newspaper Group posed questions to candidates in the county commission and school superintendent races and their answers can be found on pages A8-10.

    For those among the 1,075 who had voted as of Tuesday, you can read the candidate responses, but you cannot change your ballot.

  • Early voting ends Saturday

    If you have not voted yet, get moving.

    While more than 3,100 people have cast ballots as of Tuesday, one week before the actual primary election day of Aug. 30, it may not be enough.

    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones said she is hoping for a 40 percent voter turnout.

    The county has 26,329 registered voters who can vote in the primary. If she gets her hoped for turnout 10,532 people will have to turn in absentee ballots, or vote early by Saturday or stand in line on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and cast ballots.

  • Voter registration deadline Tuesday, Oct. 18

    The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 421 S Court. St., in Bronson.

    The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The original deadline to register was one week ago, Oct. 11, and Supervisor Tammy Jones had extended hours that day to accommodate those who work out of the county, but she will not be doing it on Tuesday due to last week's low response.

  • Merritt wins Inglis mayor post

    Voters in Inglis have chosen a new mayor — Drinda Merritt who won with 222 votes over Carol Gibson with 140 votes and Stephen Smalldridge with 25 votes.

    She will replace Mayor Glenda Kirkland. 

  • Elections office grant used for voting machines

    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones said $10,808.08 in grant funds from the Help America Vote Act of 2002 will be used to reimburse Levy County for the new voting machines.

    Jones announced the grant and repayment at the Oct. 21, Levy County Board of County Commission meeting.

    The Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities (VOTE) Program within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers these grants to the states for this purpose.

  • Rooks-Bell race narrows to 4 votes

    The margin of victory narrowed to four votes but has not changed the outcome in the County Commmission District 4 race after the Levy County Canvassing Board tallied nine of fourteen provisional ballots. The board also rejected counting five provisional ballots for various reasons — including those of two people who had voted absentee and attempted to vote at the polls. 

  • Primary voting ends at 7 p.m.

    It's time to vote folks. Really, primary voting ends at 7 p.m. today. 

    And if you want to see the results, there is the usual viewing party outside the Supervisor of Elections office next to the county courthouse on South Court Street in Bronson.

    There is also a new location to watch results: The fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church in Bronson will be open for residents to watch the results after the polls close.