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Candidate qualifying underway
Election generic

Qualifying for municipal elections in Pembroke and Richmond Hill got underway Monday.

In Pembroke, where every seat is up for grabs, only Mayor Judy Cook and Post 4 Councilwoman Tiffany Walraven had qualified by midday Wednesday, City Clerk Sharroll Fanslau said.

In Richmond Hill, where Posts 2, 3 and 4 are open, several candidates have already qualified, including incumbents Les Fussell and Bill Donahue, both of whom are being challenged - Fussell by Steve Scholar, and Donahue by Mark Ott, according to City Clerk Dawnne Greene.

In addition, Robbie Ward qualified to run for the Post 2 seat vacated by the resignation of Tara Baraniak, whose daughter was recently accepted to the swim program at prestigious Bolles Academy in Jacksonville.

Qualifying ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon in both cities. The qualifying fee to run for a council post in Richmond Hill is $150, according to Greene.

It’s $72 to run for council and $144 for mayor in Pembroke, Fanslau said.

The election is Nov. 5. No county offices are on the ballot in 2019.

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