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.