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City of Port St. Lucie: Qualifications and information for Mayor and Council

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Located on the Treasure Coast of Florida, Port St. Lucie has a population of 165,683. For interested voters and those considering elected capacities, please note that to run for mayor or council member in the City of Port St. Lucie, prospective candidates must possess and adhere to the following. Qualifications: Registered voter, resident of the City and the district for 12 months prior to the deadline for qualifying. Method of Filing: Qualifying fee $25.00 plus 1% of salary or petitions of 1% of total number of registered voters (106,126) in the previous City Election. Term of Office: 4 Years. Filing Official: Karen Phillips, City Clerk, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34984, (772) 871-5157 Fax (772) 344-4094. Salary: Mayor $44,782, Council $30,035. Qualifying Period: Noon June 16 – Noon June 20, 2014

The City Election is Non-Partisan. All registered voters residing in the city are eligible to elect the Mayor and Council. The offices of mayor and council districts are elected citywide. Multiple candidates: When 3 or more persons qualify for a designated seat on the council or mayor, the names shall appear and be voted on at the primary election. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for a designated seat, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be voted on in the general election. When only 2 candidates qualify for any one office the names shall appear and be voted on in the general election. Unopposed candidates shall be deemed elected without the necessity of being voted on in an election.

If a vacancy occurs within the Council and, if there is less than 6 months remaining or if there is less than 6 months before the next regular City Election, the Council by a majority vote, shall choose a successor from the district in which the vacancy occurred. If there are more than 6 months remaining in the unexpired term or more than 6 months remaining before the next regular election, the City Council will schedule a Special Election to be held no earlier than thirty (30) days and not later than ninety (90) days following the date the vacancy occurred. Term begins when sworn into office at special Council meeting after Election is held.

*Current Mayor and Council Members with date Term Expires:

Mayor JoAnn Faiella November 2014

City Council District 1 Linda Bartz November 2014

City Council District 2 Michelle Berger November 2016

City Council District 3 Shannon M. Martin November 2014

City Council District 4 **Suspended November 2016

City Council meets every 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:00 P.M.

*Above information taken from St. Lucie County’s Supervisor of Elections website

**Ron Bowen

About Port St. Lucie:

The City of Port St. Lucie is proud to be a hometown where people live, learn, work and play, and celebrate all of life’s opportunities and dreams.

As a new hub for biotech research and life sciences, the city offers diverse economic opportunities, clear guidelines for prosperous and sustainable growth, and state-of-the-art infrastructure ready to support development and investment. Additionally, the city government is committed to delivering outstanding public services that enhance the community and the quality of life for people of all ages.


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