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Franklin County commission race heats up in District 2

The Franklin County commission race in District #2, in the eastern end of the county, heated up last month, as a third candidate declared his intent to run.

On March 24, Christopher Paul Crosby, 43, of 330 Hickory Hammock Road in Carrabelle, filed a letter of intent with the supervisor of elections’ office to run in the Republican primary.

He joins Cheryl Sanders as well as the incumbent commissioner, Bert Boldt II, who have each filed a letter of intent to run in the GOP primary.

Boldt, 76, resides at 1 Eagle’s Way in Carrabelle. Sanders, 66, resides at 4901 Jeff Sanders Road in Carrabelle.

In the event that no Democrats or those with no party affiliation file for the seat, then the three will square off in the Aug. 23 primary which would be open to all voters within the district which includes Alligator Point, Lanark Village and the eastern portion of Carrabelle. 

In the event a Democrat files, he or she will face the winner of the closed GOP primary in the Nov. 8 general election.

In the District #2 school board race, incumbent Pam Marshall, 63, of 1989 River Bend Plantation Road, Carrabelle, has filed a letter of intent to seek another four-year term.

The formal qualifying week for all local offices is June 13 to 17.

Voters in 2022 will face a changed election landscape, after the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 90 in 2021.

Voters must provide their date of birth and their Florida driver’s license number or Florida ID card number, or last four digits of their Social Security number when making an address change by phone or electronically. The same information must be provided when voters submit a Florida Voter Registration Application.

A voter must have a request on file to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. One request will cover all elections through the end of the calendar year, or the next scheduled general election. Existing requests on file are valid through the end of 2022.

In the event an immediate family member or legal guardian requests a vote-by-mail ballot on a voter’s behalf, he or she must provide the requestor’s relationship to the voter, as well as the requestor’s name, address, date of birth, driver’s license number or four numbers of their Social Security number.

Secure ballot drop boxes must be continuously monitored by elections personnel and will only be available outside at the Supervisor of Elections office in Apalachicola, and at early voting sites during early voting hours. Voters may utilize the drop box inside the election’s office during regular weekday business hours.

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