Decision Apopka 2018
Four candidates qualify on the first day
Suzanne Kidd, a 16-year resident of Apopka and former 30-year public school teacher, was the first candidate to qualify for the Apopka City Council Seat #1 election. Kidd qualified by voter petition.
Also qualifying on the first day was Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, who is running for Mayor of Apopka, Seat #2 Commissioner Diane Velazquez, and Seat #1 candidate Alexander Smith.
Nelson, who is running against incumbent Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, also qualified by petition.
According to Linda Goff, the City Clerk of Apopka, qualifying started Tuesday, January 2nd at noon and concludes Tuesday, January 9th at noon. There are specific forms that a candidate must file during qualifying. Those forms are on the City’s website under City Clerk, City Elections. There is also a qualifying fee, (3% filing fee and 1% election assessment based on mayor and city commissioner annual salaries). The Mayor’s qualifying fee is $6,000 and Commissioner is $540.
Those who qualify by petition only pay the 1% (of the annual salary) election assessment.
According to the City website election page, a candidate must obtain at least 1% of the total number of registered voters of this geographical area based on the preceding general election’s book closing. The City of Apopka’s total registered voters from the last election, as of book closing, was 27,389. To qualify by petition there would be a total of 274 signatures required.
Kidd joins Gene Knight, Theresa Mott, and Smith in the race to replace six-term Commissioner Billie Dean, who announced his retirement from Seat #1 in May.
Velazquez is being challenged by Apopka residents Leroy Bell, and Alicia Koutsoulieris for Seat #2.
The Apopka city election will be held on March 13th, 2018.
Kidd has been an active participant in her homeowners’ association and Apopka Civic affairs. She attends every City Council meeting, Planning Commission meeting and budget workshop, and has served on numerous City committees, most recently as Chair of the City’s Visioning Steering Committee. She works closely with Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing for Apopka and teaches interior design to Habitat homeowners.