With the 2014 Election Cycle at hand, time to review qualifications and information that is pertinent in electing our public officials. In the City of Fort Pierce, the following applies. Qualifications: Qualified voter, reside within District for 2 years prior to the Election. Method of Filing: Qualifying fee $25.00 plus 1% of salary or petitions of 1% of total number of registered voters (21,521) in the district in the previous General Election. Term of Office: 4 Years. Filing Official: Linda Cox, City Clerk, 100 N. U.S. #1, P.O. Box 1480, Fort Pierce, FL 34954, (772) 467-3065 Fax (772) 467-3841. Salary: Mayor $30,000, Commissioners $23,000. Qualifying Period: Noon June 16 – Noon June 20, 2014
The City Election is Non-Partisan. Registered voters residing in the District are eligible to elect the Commissioners. All registered voters in the city are eligible to elect the Mayor. Multiple candidates: When 3 or more persons qualify for a designated seat on the city commission or mayor, the names shall appear and be voted on in 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 in the office of Mayor or Commissioner, and if less than 6 months remains before next Municipal Election, said vacancy shall be filled by a vote of the remaining Commission, within 30 days after vacancy. If more than 6 months remains in the unexpired term at the time the vacancy occurs, a Special Election shall be called as early as legally possible. Term begins when sworn into office the second regular meeting following the General Election.
*Current Mayor and City Commissioners with date Term Expires:
Linda Hudson Mayor Term Expires: November 2016
City Commission District #1 Reggie Sessions Term Expires: November 2016
City Commission District #1 Rufus J. Alexander, III Term Expires: November 2014
City Commission District #2 Tom Perona Term Expires: November 2014
City Commission District #2 Eddie Becht Term Expires: November 2016
Commission meets every 1st and 3rd Monday at 6:30 p.m.
*Above information taken from St. Lucie County’s Supervisor of Elections website
Fort Pierce, often called the Sunrise City, has been the hub of St. Lucie County, Florida for over 100 years. Situated on the "Treasure Coast", named after the famed sinking of a Spanish treasure fleet in 1715, Fort Pierce is one of the oldest communities on the east coast of Florida. Incorporated in 1901, the city grew from 300 pioneers to approximately 41,000 residents today and encompasses approximately 29 square miles
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