Final day to update party affiliation is July 28
By Jessica Creagan
TREASURE COAST -- The qualifying period for the Aug. 26 primary election has closed and political signs will begin to appear on street corners in greater numbers. The August ballot will include both partisan races and nonpartisan races.
By state law, only registered voters with a Republican Party designation will be able to vote in Republican primary races, and the same applies to Democrat-affiliated voters voting in Democrat primary races.
Registered voters with other political party affiliations will be able to participate in the nonpartisan races, such as an election for a judge.
The last day to register or update a political party affiliation and still qualify to vote in the August election is July 28.
Republican voters will have the opportunity to choose between three candidates for state governor.
Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott faces challenges from Yinka Abosede Adeshina and Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder.
Ms. Adeshina's candidate website says she is part of the Tallahassee community and has a strong interest in improving healthcare services and encouraging small businesses.
Ms. Cuevas-Neunder's candidate website says she is bilingual and is running on a platform of "restoring God, the State and strong family values" and call for a return of "government leaders who place the needs of their constituents before their own ambitions."
Democrats will find two familiar names on the Democrat gubernatorial primary race, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former state Sen. Nan H. Rich.
Former Gov. Crist served as the state governor as a Republican from 2007 to 2011.
Former Sen. Rich served in the state senate from 2004 to 2012, and prior to that was a member of Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2004.
Democrats will also have to choose between two candidates for state attorney general and the winner of the August election will face Republican incumbent Pam Bondi in the November general election.
George Sheldon, former assistant secretary for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will face off against Perry E. Thurston Jr., who currently serves as the minority leader in the Florida House of Representatives and represents District 94, which includes parts of Broward County.
Another local senate seat, District 32, is up for election and during the Republican primary incumbent Sen. Joe Negron will compete for votes against Brandon M. Cannon, an entrepreneur who has lived in various Florida cities, most recently in Port. St. Lucie.
The winner of the primary will face Democrat candidate Bruno Moore and Independent candidate Matthew Joshua Loew.
One of the nonpartisan county-wide races that will appear on all August ballots is the race for 19th Circuit Court Judge, Group 4.
Michael C. Heisey, a St. Lucie County attorney, and Steven Ziskinder, also a St. Lucie County attorney, are the two candidates vying for the position. The term is for six years.
Registered voters may request absentee ballots for the primary election. Early voting will also be an option this year, with opportunities from Aug. 15 to Aug. 23 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If voters are unsure of their precinct number and location, they can go online to the Supervisor of Elections website and use the "Find My Precinct" search option using their home address.
For more information about candidates, precincts or upcoming elections, visit http://election.dos.state.fl.us/voting/voting-info.shtml.