Hendry County candidates’ filing deadline is Friday

Anyone who wants to run for a Clewiston City Commission seat, county or special district elective office in Hendry County has until noon Friday to complete the paperwork and submit their filing fee to Elections Supervisor Brenda Hoots’ office.

The main local seats up for election in Hendry are the county property appraiser’s office, which is currently vacant; three on the school board, those representing Districts 3, 4 and 5; those of the county commissioners representing Districts 2 and 4; and three positions on the Clewiston City Council.

Candidates who have filed so far are: Dena Pittman, a Republican, for property appraiser; school board incumbents Amanda Nelson in District 3, Stephanie Schneider Busin in District 4, and Jon Basquin in District 5; school board challengers Mercedes Perdomo Reese in District 4 and Maureen Cervino Quintero in District 5; incumbent Republicans Darrell Harris in Hendry County Commission District 2 and Michael Swindle in District 4 along with challenger Kenneth C. Diaz in District 2; and incumbent Clewiston City Commissioner Phillip Roland.

The seats of Mayor Mali Gardner and City Commissioner Kristine Petersen are also up in Clewiston, whose election is nonpartisan.

Other local offices up for election are:

• Hendry Hospital Board, District 2, for which Steven A. Nisbet Sr. has filed; and the District 4 seat currently held by Miller Couse; and

• Hendry Soil and Water Conservation District Seat 1 (occupied by Marilyn Sears); Seat 2 (held by James Mabry McCray); Seat 3 (held by Ralph Bruce Hendry); and Seat 5 (occupied by Lisa Cleghorn), in nonpartisan elections. The primary election occurs Aug. 28, for which the voter registration deadline is July 30; and the general election is Nov. 6, with the voter registration deadline on Oct. 8. As of June 11, 17,510 people were registered to vote in Hendry County: 7,885 Democrats, 6,245 Republicans and 3,380 of other parties or no party affiliation.

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