No Election Needed: Mulberry Incumbents Draw No Opposition


Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 3:45 a.m.

MULBERRY | Voters in Mulberry won't need to go to the polls April 2.

The three incumbents whose names would have appeared on the municipal ballot failed to draw opposition during this week's qualifying period, which means they all automatically win re-election.

Commissioners Andy Scrocca and Terry Evers, along with Mayor George Hatch, will begin their two-year terms at the city's May 7 commission meet-ing.

Scrocca, 84, who holds Seat 2, representing the Angler's Green development on the city's north side, will begin his third term. He previously served on the six-member board from 1989 to 2001.

Terry Evers, 68, joined the commission in 2007, when he was elected to Seat 4, representing the city's east side.

Hatch, 62, was elected mayor in 2011 and will begin his second term in office in May.

City Clerk Vanessa Baker said no one picked up a qualifying packet this week except the three incumbent candidates.

Qualifying closed at noon Friday.

To run for seat 2 or 4, candidates had to live within the district they would represent.

The mayor is elected at-large, meaning candidates could live anywhere in the city and seek that post.

Mulberry's governing board includes five commissioners and a mayor, who conducts the meetings and votes only in the case of a tie.

Commissioners are paid $287 a month for their service, while the mayor is paid $430 monthly.

[ Suzie Schottelkotte can be reached at suzie.schottelkotte@theledger.com or 863-533-9070. ]

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