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.

Suzanne Kidd

  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.

26 COMMENTS

  1. $ 6,000 dollar filing fee to run for mayor, keeps a lot of people from running for mayor unless they can get the petitions signed to qualify, and this is the first year anyone has qualified by petition, since Mayor Land passed on, as it was not allowed before, and I don’t know when that changed. It should have been allowed all along……

  2. Also, didn’t Mayor Kilsheimer get away with putting up the filing fee based on a $ 13, 500 dollar mayor’s salary which was the “disputed” salary that Mayor Land received, but really wasn’t a salary, as he declined his salary in the last years, and this $13, 500 dollar amount, the so-called “salary” that Joe K. filed the qualifying fee based on, of the $13, 500 was just a tad more than the qualifying fee that the commissioners paid to run?….huh! This, when he first ran? Then he won, and voted on his own salary increase, as he was the deciding vote on the council….huh! Instead of $ 13, 500 it went to $ 150,000! I don’t think he is going to be so lucky this go round! IMO

  3. Eustis city council members are going to vote on mayor….that’s right. Each commissioner will cast a vote on who they want on the council, as mayor, that already sits on the city council. Can you believe it? This is my understanding of how it works. I don’t know, what goes, if each one votes for their own self???? One commissioner also wants to allow golf carts downtown Eustis, on the streets. Interesting.

  4. Trump is back to instigating Kim Jong Un with “my nuclear missiles are bigger than your nuclear missiles”… and “my nuclear button actually works”…..OMG!

  5. 274 signed and verified petitions to qualify to run for Apopka City Council is not bad! I thought it was thousands, that you had to get signed, honestly, is what I thought.

  6. So when are the debates? Are there not going to be any debates? There should be! If the current members of the council up for re-election don’t schedule any debates, then some of the candidates running should hold their own debates, and invite their opponents, and if they do not attend, they should give their platforms and their ideas, and grind the other incumbents into the ground, for not showing up! LOL

  7. I want to go to the debates, that is, if they have some. I will not PAY to go see any of them though, just letting you know! LOL Somehow, I don’t think there are going to be any debates….they are trying to keep quiet and low key, have you all noticed????

  8. Ol’ Roy Moore’s plan, after filing a lawsuit, contesting the election results, did not work, as his lawsuit was tossed out by a judge, and Democrat Doug Jones will be sworn in….another one bites the dust….!!! And another one’s down, and another one’s gone…..another one bites the dust!!! Hey hey hey!

  9. Mike Tyson, the former boxer, has now turned marijuana farmer. Who knew he was into agriculture??? He has obtained a 40 acre property in California, where recreation marijuana was just approved, and made legal as of Jan. 1, 2018. Tyson, along with some other investors, and partners, will grow on 20 acres. and the other 20 acres will have among other things, a camp for people to come camp, and enjoy their weed. I wouldn’t want to see what would happen if one of the campers decides to steal some of his weed from the fields…OMG! Who in their right minds would chance getting caught stealing by Tyson??? And what if Tyson does the weed, and gets the munchies??? He might have acquired a taste for ears??? I did hear that he has gone vegan though…..LOL

  10. You all better get going and get out there and campaign! I haven’t seen any of you out there on the corners….today is a great day to get out there….LOL Doesn’t matter if a artic cyclone is on the way….you all have long johns don’t ya???

  11. And on a more serious note, another person has been killed by the trains. This one is a 11 year old girl in Polk County, killed when struck by the Amtrak train, as see appeared to be looking down at her cell phone, and had on headphones. The train engineer blew the horn, and applied the brakes, but to no avail. It is heartbreaking, the people being killed by the Amtrak and Sun Rail trains.

  12. Jeff Sessions is announcing he is going to be enforcing and cracking down on the federal law against marijuana, even states that have approved medical marijuana, and recreation marijuana. What is his problem? Hasn’t he got better things to do? Also, one of his marijuana doctors, he listens to, says that everybody needs to be drug tested at their regular doctor visits, when you give your blood work at the labs, and he wants to have you punished if you test positive, even medical marijuana, I believe. Look out Florida….these people are crazy! Love” the less government interference” under the Republicans! I don’t have to worry though…..all I have in me, is sugar, lots and lots of sugar……

  13. And Trump is going for allowing off- shore drilling in Florida, and everywhere else. Rick Scott is against it. I can just see that black gooey oil, all over the beautiful Clearwater beaches now. Sickening!

  14. And if that is not bad enough, Ivanka and her hubby have made an agreement with each other that Ivanka will run for president, instead of Jared…..OMG

  15. It is not just the iguanas falling from the trees, as I am paralyzed from the cold also. Frozen stiff can’t function….got brain freeze.

  16. There is a big billboard at Semoran Commerce Center on 436 across from the Race Track, that reads, ” Guess Who Is Coming To Apopka?” I don’t know, I give up…who?

  17. Gene Knight Jr., I saw your video of you going to City Hall and qualifying to run for Seat #1, on your website, Apopka Then and Now Facebook. I don’t blame you for taking the video camera with you to the city clerk’s office and filming it…..after all, that is highly guarded territory up there now days, in the city clerk’s office…LOL…..I went up there a couple of weeks ago, regarding something else, and one of the cops came out of nowhere, running in there, and first thing he asked me,” was I there to file to run for office?” I didn’t see him anywhere, when I went up there, but he sure came a running….LOL, ha ha ha….Congratulations Gene, good luck and best wishes to you!

  18. Were there some house fires this morning or something? We pulled over on Park, for several fire trucks flying somewhere. I think they turned into the Pines of Wekiva, not sure. Then a little later, we saw another fire truck flying by. It must be fires due to furnaces or space heaters. I really try to keep an eye on this space heater we have, and I never run it, after we go to bed. Plus they say, do not use extension cords with space heaters, not good!

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