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Hersey to face Grove in Apalach elections

Brenda Ash as mayor, Donna Duncan as commissioner, both unopposed

Apalachicola City Commissioner Anita Grove will face Amy Hersey in the Sept. 7 Apalachicola municipal elections, while interim Mayor Brenda Ash and newcomer Donna Duncan will be unopposed.

Supervisor of Elections Heather Riley said no opponents had filed by the noon deadline Friday to oppose Ash, 52, of 213 17th Street. She now will be set to complete the last two years of of the late Mayor Kevin Begos’ term.

The city’s newest city commissioner Tami Ray-Hutchinson, who was appointed last week to fill Ash’s seat after she was selected as  interim mayor, followed through on her pledge not to seek election.

The only candidate to step forward was Donna Duncan, 50, of 8 Sunset Circle, and so she will begin a full four-year term in October.

Grove, 61, of 174 Avenue C., will face Amy Hersey, 40, of 451 25th Street, in the Sept. 7 balloting.  With only two candidates, there needs to be no run-off. 

Riley said there are no write-ins allowed in municipal elections. 

The Sept. 7 election will be at the National Guard Armory. Early voting at the Supervisor of Elections office will run from August 28 to Sept. 3, and absentee balloting will be available. 

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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