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Election deadline fast approaching on Longboat

MELISSA REID
Associate Publisher
mreid@lbknews.com

Caring for Longboat Key’s future and determining the direction the town will take on issues such as beach renourishment, tourism and development, as well as keeping Longboat one of the safest communities, are among the reasons residents seek election to the town commission.

And now the deadline, Nov. 20 before 12 noon, for the upcoming election is fast approaching with many candidate packets still out.

In the March 2018 election on Longboat Key, four seats are on the ballot, and two of the four seats could be contested races.

The District 3 seat is currently occupied by Mayor Terry Gans who is term limited out. And according to the Town Clerk’s office, the District 3 seat has two individuals qualified and running for the vacancy, Vice Chair of the Planning and Zoning Board Ken Schneier and resident John Weber, a retired Insurance Adjuster and director and president of the Islander Club.

In the District 5 seat is incumbent Vice Mayor Ed Zunz who has qualified to run in the March election, and James Harwood who has filed his initial paperwork, but as of press time had not finished the qualification process.

In the At-Large seat currently is Commissioner Irwin Pastor, who has taken out paperwork, but not finished qualifying. According to the Town Clerk’s office, two additional candidate packets have been given out as well, but none yet qualified.

Finally, in District 1, incumbent Randy Clair has qualified and remains unopposed.

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