Who’s running for county offices?

By DOTTY NIST

With qualifying week for county offices having concluded on June 12, candidates are set to run for county offices in the 2020 elections.

Three seats on the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will be decided in the 2020 elections, the District 1, District 3, and District 5 seats.

District 1 incumbent Bill Chapman is not running for re-election, nor is District 3 incumbent Melanie Nipper.

District 5 incumbent Tony Anderson (Republican) has qualified to run for re-election. Other candidates seeking election to the BCC District 5 seat include Republicans Vanessa Goodson, a Santa Rosa Beach resident, and Deborah (Debbie) Heard, a Rosemary Beach resident, along with Dr. Carolynn Zonia, Democrat, of Santa Rosa Beach.

Two candidates, both Republicans and residents of the DeFuniak Springs area, will vie for the BCC District 3 seat. These are Mike Barker and Teddy Stewart.

Four candidates are seeking election to the BCC District 1 seat. There is one write-in candidate, Robert Davenport of the Freeport area. The remaining candidates, all Republicans, include Santa Rosa Beach resident Philip Cryar, Santa Rosa Beach resident Lisa Johnson, and Freeport resident William (Boots) McCormick.

With no candidates having qualified to challenge the incumbents in the races for Walton County Clerk of Courts, Walton County Sheriff, Walton County Superintendent of Schools, and Walton County Tax Collector, incumbents Alex Alford, Michael A. Adkinson, Alton Russell Hughes, and Rhonda Skipper will have new terms in those constitutional offices.

Walton County Property Appraiser Patrick Pilcher is not seeking re-election, and two candidates, both Republicans, have qualified to run for that office. These are DeFuniak Springs resident Sandra Carter and north Walton County resident Gary Gregor.

The date for the 2020 Primary Election is Aug. 18, with deadline to register to vote or change parties July 20. The 2020 General election is set for Nov. 3, with deadline to register to vote Oct. 5.

More information on candidates, along with information on other offices to be decided in the 2020 elections and on voting is available on the website of Walton County Supervisor of Elections Bobby Beasley, www.votewalton.com, or by calling 892-8112 or 622-0744.