Six candidates for mayor of Sebastian; seven on Vero Beach the poll


INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The campaign season for municipal governments has begun, with two cities ending the qualifying period for city council candidates.

Qualifying periods at Sebastian and Vero Beach, which began on August 19, ended on Friday. Six candidates are running for Sebastian City Council, while seven are running for Vero Beach.

In Sebastian, three seats are opened in November, with incumbents Fred Jones, Bob McPartan and Christopher Nunn seeking re-election. All three were elected to city council last September after a recall election that ousted Damien Gilliams, Charles Mauti and Pamela Parris.

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At Vero Beach, two seats, currently owned by Rey Neville and Dick Winger, are open in November. Neville is seeking re-election. Winger, who replaced Joe Graves in April when he resigned, had pledged not to run for the seat in November if the board nominated him.

These candidates qualified before Friday’s deadline for the November 2 general election:

Sebastian (for three seats):

  • Damien Gilliams Jr.
  • Fred Jones (incumbent)
  • Sherrie Matthews
  • Bob McPartan (incumbent)
  • Christopher Nunn (incumbent)
  • Clint phipps

Vero Beach (for two places):

  • John E. Cotugno
  • Ken daig
  • Taylor jack dingle
  • Brian Heady
  • Rey Neville (incumbent)
  • Charles R. Wilson
  • Tracey Lockwood Zudans

In Fellsmere, where two city council seats are up for election, the qualification deadline is September 17 at 4 p.m.

Indian river shores does not have a city council election this year, although Councilor John McCord has resigned, effective September 3.

City council will fill the vacant position by appointing a council member to fill the three-year term of the McCord’s unexpired term. Interested residents can request the appointment. The council must make its choice on September 23.

The next elections for Indian River County Hospital District trustees is next year.

Writer Janet Begley contributed to this report.

Colleen Wixon is the Indian River County Government Watch Reporter for Contact her at 772-978-2235 or [email protected]

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