In case you hadn’t noticed, this is an election year

275-FINGER-TOUCH-VOTEHistoric City News readers need no reminder; but, the even-numbered years are election years, and every four years, it’s a presidential election year. Since no President can serve more than two four-year terms consecutively, the race for the White House this year is wide open.

Closer to home, all five St Johns County constitutional officers, Clerk of Court, Tax Collector, Sheriff, Property Appraiser, and Supervisor of Elections, come up for election. The Clerk of Court, Cheryl Strickland, has already resigned her seat and Sharon Outland has already announced that she will not seek reelection as Property Appraiser.

The four-year terms of three St Johns County commissioners draw to a close; James K. Johns (District 1), William “Bill” McClure (District 3), and Rachael Bennett (District 5). Two school board seats, District 2 (Tommy Allen), and District 5 (Patrick Canan), and one of the two St Johns County Court Judge seats, (Charles J. Tinlin), is also scheduled for election.

Voters located within the following Special Districts and Municipalities will decide who will serve in the following offices:

  • Anastasia Mosquito Control District – Seats 1, 3 & 5
  • St. Augustine – St. Johns County Airport Authority – Groups 4 & 5
  • St. Johns Soil & Water Conservation District – Groups 3, 4 & 5
  • St. Augustine Port, Waterway & Beach Commission – Groups 2 & 4
  • Municipal Service District of Ponte Vedra Beach – Seats 2, 4 & 6
  • City of St. Augustine – Seats 1, 2 & 3/Mayor
  • City of St. Augustine Beach – Seats 1 & 2
  • Town of Hastings – 2 Seats

These dates establish the last day to register or update your registration before each of this year’s election days:

Registration Books Close: February 16
Presidential Preference Primary Election: March 15

Registration Books Close: August 1
Primary Election: August 30

Registration Books Close: October 11
General Election: November 8

As always, follow Historic City News for the most comprehensive election coverage in local elections, editorial observations, recommendations, and endorsements.  Know your candidates so when you go to the polls, you are prepared to cast an informed vote.

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