All candidates are encouraged to come early and bring with them campaign literature, buttons, T-shirts and other items relating to their campaign. Please bring your own tables for your campaign items.
Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Candidates will make two-minute presentations to present themselves and their credentials for the offices they are seeking.
For this event, Hometown! will present to the voters candidates for the following major election races:
- Mayor of Key West
- School Board, Districts 1, 4 and 5
- Monroe County Commissioner, Districts 2 and 4
- United States Representative
- State Representative
- Mosquito Control Board, Districts 2 and 5
- Circuit Judges, Group 1 and Group 4
VOTERS WILL GET PLENTY OF CHOICES!
Hometown’s objective is to encourage qualified residents to run for elected office, to provide a platform for the candidates to explain their goals, and to encourage higher levels of voter participation in the election. Membership in Hometown! PAC for the 2014 year is $ 35 for individuals ($ 50 for households), and gives Key West residents and property owners a voice in how their city and county elections. Be a Friend ofHometown PAC for $ 100.
If any declared candidate has questions about the event, please call Hometown Board Member and Secretary Sheldon Davidson at 305-295-3560
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
UNABLE TO ATTEND?
For those who can not attend the Call for Candidates, FloridaKeys.com
will be recoding the event. The event will be streamed live on Hometown PAC’s YouTube channel. You can watch the live event by going towww.hometownkeywest.com
(Home page) and clicking on the icon pictured above. The recording will remain on the YouTube channel for those who cannot watch live. The YouTube video will remain available on the same YouTube channel throughout the campaign season.
For a full list of all known candidates and their pictures as well as other campaign information regarding registration and videos of prior Hometown events and, most important, Jenna Stauffer YouTube interviews of the candidates, visit our website towww.hometownkeywest.com
. You’ll find direct links to YouTube, all of the other items and much more.
There is no charge to attend the Meet the Candidates Rally. We hope, however, that you will join the majority of those interested in good government and our local elections and join Hometown in 2014. Membership inHOMETOWN! is on a calendar year basis.
PLEASE JOIN HOMETOWN! IN 2014
Membership is open to 1) residents or homeowners who work or live in Key West/Monroe County and 2) all those who seek to advance the mission and policy of the Hometown! organization. Active, continuing membership requires a $35 minimum payment each year for an individual or $50 for an individual and spouse or partner. Membership is nonpartisan.
To join, please visit our www.hometownkeywest.com
. Then click on the words JOIN HOMETOWN on the homepage or click on the Membership icon. By doing that, you can use your credit card through PayPal.
Or, simply send your name, address, telephone number and email address with your check for:
• $ 35 – Individual membership
• $ 50 – Household/family
• $ 100 – Friend
• $ 500 – Benefactor
Hometown Key West PAC
P.O. Box 2537
Key West, FL, 33045-2537
Below is a current list of candidates:
2014 Elections (as of June 6, 2014)
SCHOOL BOARD—4-year term
District 1 Incumbent- Robin Smith-Martin (Will not seek re-election)
Candidate: Stu Kessler (NON) (Filed)
Candidate: Warren Leamard (NON) (Filed)
Candidate: Carolyn “Kerry” Charon (NON) (Filed)
Candidate: Bobby Highsmith (NON) (Filed)
District 4 Incumbent: John R. Dick (NON) (Filed)
Opponent: Catherine Bosworth (NON) (Filed)
District 5 Incumbent: Ronald Martin (NON) (Filed)
Opponent: Dennis Caltagirone (NON) (Filed)
Opponent: Richard Bradley (NON) (Filed)
CIRCUIT JUDGES—6-year term
Group 1—Incumbent Mark Jones (NOP) (Filed)
Opponent: Donald Barrett (NOP) (Filed)
Group 3—Incumbent Luis Garcia (NOP) (Filed) (Unopposed)
Group 4 –Incumbent Tegan Slaton (NOP) (Filed)
Opponent: Jack Bridges (NOP) (Filed)
Opponent: Bonnie J. Helms (NOP) (Filed)
KEY WEST MAYOR—2-year term
Incumbent: Craig Cates (NON) (Filed)
Opponent: Sloan Bashinsky (NON) (Filed)
Opponent: Margaret Romero (NON) (Filed)
Non-Partisan Judicial and School Board Elections and the Key West Mayoral Election are held on the same day as the First Primary Election. Candidates for these offices do not run as representatives of any political party. If there are three or more candidates for a particular office and none of the three receives a majority vote (50%+1) the top two vote getters go to the General Election for a run-off.
MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD—4-year term
District 2 — Incumbent: Phillip Goodman (Rep.) (Filed)
District 5 — Incumbent: Jack Bridges (Will not seek re-election)
Candidate: Thomas McDonald (Rep.)(Filed)
Candidate: Geoffrey Bailey (Dem.) (Filed)
Candidate: Eddie Martinez (Rep.) (Filed)
U.S. REP—DIST 26
Incumbent—Joe Garcia (Dem.) (Filed)
Opponent: Jose Felix Peixoto (Rep.) (Filed)
Opponent: Edward P. MacDougall (Rep.) (Filed)
Opponent: Carlos Curbelo (Rep.) (Filed)
Opponent: Joe A. Martinez (Rep.) (Filed)
Opponent: David Rivera (Rep.) (Filed)
Opponent: Lorenzo Paiomaras Starbuck (Rep.) (Filed)
STATE REP. – DIST. 120
Incumbent—Holly Merrill Raschein (Rep.) (Filed)
Opponent: Pamela Anne Gray (Dem.) (Filed)
COUNTY COMMISSIONER – 4-year term
District 2—Incumbent: George Neugent (Rep.) (Filed)
Opponent: Danny Coll (Rep.) (Filed)
Opponent: Eleanor McAdams (Dem.) (Filed)
District 4—Incumbent—David Rice (Rep.) (Filed)
CLOSING DATE FOR ALL CANDIDATES—FRIDAY, JUNE 20 AT NOON
PRIMARY ELECTION IS AUGUST 26, 2014—–IN ORDER TO VOTE, A CITIZEN MUST BE REGISTERED BY JULY 28
GENERAL ELECTION IS NOVEMBER 4, 2014—IN ORDER TO VOTE, A CITIZEN MUST BE REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 6