Sunday, July 9, 2017

Who can run for mayor of the City of Lake Worth?

Who can run to be a commissioner for Districts 1 and 3?

The process explained:

Now that we’re officially in the pre-election season, aka the “Silly Season” (ending on November 28th at noon; use this link for an explanation), who can run for mayor and commissioner in the elections to be held on March 13th, 2018?

To run for mayor it’s fairly straight-forward. But to run for a commissioner seat you have to reside in that particular district since at least June 1st of this year, that would be 6 months prior to the Qualifying Period (Nov. 28th–Dec. 12th):

Any person who has been domiciled within the city for a period of not less than six (6) months immediately preceding the first day of the qualifying period shall be eligible to qualify for the office of mayor. Any person who has been domiciled within an election district for a period of not less than six (6) months immediately preceding the first day of the qualifying period shall be eligible to qualify for office of city commissioner from said district.

and. . .

Candidates for the office of mayor or city commissioner shall qualify for such office by the filing of a written notice of candidacy with the city clerk at such time and in such manner as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

Who has already decided to run in the elections next year? Use this link to find out. It’s a campaign strategy decision whether or not to wait for the Qualifying Period (QP) in November. Is there an advantage in declaring early to run for election prior to the QP? Other than allowing a candidate to raise money and begin campaigning there is no big advantage as past elections have shown.

Strategically, what every campaign should be thinking about: a run-off election.

Just prior to the elections last March wrote on this blog about the dangers and pitfalls of a runoff election. Almost everyone was expecting at least one run-off election last March, and it was a very strong possibility there would be two here in this City.

Thankfully, we didn’t have to go through another two weeks of mailers, phone calls, and knocks on the door like they did in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Boynton Beach:
District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy avoided a run-off election last March by just a handful of votes. District 4 Commissioner Herman C. Robinson won handily. Do you remember what the ballot “Question” was?

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