Monday, May 9, 2011

Manatee Commissioner John Chappie files for re-election

 John Chappie

John Chappie has filed to run for re-election next year to the Manatee County Commission, according to the county elections supervisor's website.

Chappie, a Republican and former mayor of Bradenton Beach, was first elected in 2008, when he beat incumbent Jane von Hahmann in the GOP primary by a 51-49 margin.

So far, Chappie is the only candidate to file for the District 3 seat. The district includes most of west and west-central Bradenton, as well as Anna Maria Island and the Manatee portion of Longboat Key.

The other two incumbent commissioners up next year -- Larry Bustle and Donna Hayes -- have also filed for re-election. Only Hayes has so far drawn a challenger, Lakewood Ranch businesswoman Vanessa Baugh.

Filing now allows the candidates to begin raising money for their respective campaigns. However, the qualifying period for county-level positions isn't until June 18-22, 2012.

The 2012 primaries are set for Aug. 28, 2012, and the general election is Nov. 6, 2012.

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