Knowledge is power, and while some at times have tendencies to shun education and the many attributes which it represents, it goes without saying that what we know influences not only who we are, but what we do and how we do it. In the days of Julius Caesar, the Ides of March by some was looked upon as a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. As we move forward to the 2014 election period, what will the Ides of November 2014 bring us, and what of the 2010 elections we should shed, locally, statewide and federally? Let’s begin to lay our foundation along the Treasure Coast for ultimate success in 2014.
Martin County is a non-chartered county and its form of government is prescribed by the Florida Constitution and Florida Statutes, as follows:
The Board of County Commissioners is the legislative body of the county and has charge of all county executive and administrative functions, except those assigned by the Constitution to independent county officers or to the independent school district. The board also has some quasi-judicial functions. Some of functions exercised by the board are county-wide, while others are applicable only in the unincorporated areas of the county, where the board has many of the functions of a municipality. The county commissioners are elected by county-wide vote, but each one represents a specific district. The board appoints the county administrator who is responsible to it for the day-to-day operations of the county government. The current county commissioners by district number are:
• 1. Doug Smith
• 2. Ed Fielding, Vice Chair
• 3. Anne Scott
• 4. Sarah Heard, Chair
• 5. John Haddox
The elected Constitutional Officers are:
• Clerk (Clerk of Courts, County Clerk, etc.): Carolyn Timmann
• Property Appraiser: Laurel Kelly
• Sheriff: William Snyder
• Supervisor of Elections: Vicki Davis
• Tax Collector: Ruth Pietruszewski
The independent Martin County School District has an elected Superintendent of Schools and elected School Board, as follows:
• The Superintendent, Laurie Gaylord, is the chief administrator of the district.
• The School Board is the legislative body of the district and also exercises quasi-judicial powers. School Board members are elected county wide but each one represents a specific district. The current board members by district are:
• 1. Michael Busha, Co-chair
• 2. Marsha Powers
• 3. Rebecca Negron
• 4. Maura Barry-Sorenson, Chair
• 5. Michael DiTerlizzi
Information on offices up for election in MARTIN COUNTY 2014 according to the Martin County Supervisor of Elections website is as listed:
United States Representative, State Senator, State Representative, Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer Commissioner of Agriculture, County Commissioner Districts 2 and 4, 19th Circuit Judges, County Judge, School Board Districts 1, 3, and 4, Martin Soil and Water Conservation
To date, the following are announced candidates for 2014 in Martin County.
County Commission District 2: John F. Schierbaum (REP)
County School Board District 4: Tina Maria McSoley
Registered Voters in Martin County 12/29/2013 Republican: 51,190 Democrat: 26,477 Other: 23,782 | Total: 101,449
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