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HIGH SPRINGS – The qualifying period to run for an open High Springs City Commission seat to be voted on Nov. 8 has been reset.

Candidates may qualify to run for election for Seat #3, currently occupied by Commissioner Sue Weller, by filing with the City Clerk for the City of High Springs during regular business hours from Monday, Aug. 15 - Thursday, Aug. 18.

The winning candidate will serve as commissioner for a three-year term.

Although the election was set by unanimous approval during the City Commission's June 9 meeting, a scrivener’s error in listing the qualifying period caused the City to start the process over again to correct the error and set a new qualifying period.

During the July 14 commission meeting, Mayor Byran Williams opened a public hearing to receive input from audience members on an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances. Receiving no input from audience or commissioners, Ordinance 2016-07 was unanimously approved. The ordinance modifies the qualifying period for city elections from five business days to four to accommodate the city's four-day work week.

Commissioners also unanimously approved Resolution 2016-M, which set the dates of Aug. 15 – 18.

Incumbent Weller previously announced she was running for her seat again at this election.

Anyone interested in running for a City Commission seat must be a resident of the City of High Springs, be a registered High Springs voter and must specify the seat for which they are running.

Filing procedure is for prospective candidates to pick up a qualifying packet from the Office of the City Clerk and name a campaign treasurer. The candidate may act as their own treasurer, if they so choose. Candidates must then open a campaign account with a bank, pay their fees to the Office of the City Clerk and sign a statement attesting that they have read Florida Statutes, Chapter 106, which pertains to campaign financing.

The paperwork and one percent of their anticipated salary must be submitted to the City Clerk’s office by the end of the qualifying period.

Given that High Springs commissioners earn $6,000 annually, the fee would be $60, according to Parham.

Campaign finance reports must be filed by the treasurer each month. Parham said she provides a list for each candidate as to when their reports are due in her office.

If no one else qualifies by the close of the qualifying period, the incumbent will remain in her seat and no city election will be required, although state and federal elections will continue as planned.

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