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Martina, George to face off in Apalachicola commission race

If you’re a voter in Apalachicola, plan on voting in September for just one city commission race.

Commissioner Despina George was busy Monday working the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce’s food booth at the Independence Day Eve event. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

City Clerk Lee Mathes said Lance Martina, 60, has filed to challenge incumbent Despina George, 66. Martina’s wife Paula will serve as his treasurer.

Since neither incumbent city commissioner Adriane Elliott nor Mayor Brenda Ash drew opponents, they will not be on the ballot at the Sept. 5 election and will be returned to office.

Challenger Lance Martina rode in the Red, White and Blue parade at the Independence Day Eve event. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

New this year will be a shortening of these city office terms, which will run for three years, rather than four. This is because the city has moved to transition to even year elections.

What this means is that the one office up for election this year, as well as the two uncontested terms, will run through 2026. The other two commission seats, those of Donna Duncan and Anita Grove, are up for re-election in 2025, at which time they also will be shortened to three-year terms. 

After that, all city candidates will be on four-year, even year, cycles. The county’s supervisor of elections, Heather Crum Riley, will then be handling the administration of elections.

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Meet the Editor

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.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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