This past week saw Pensacola City Councilmen Sam Hall and John Jerralds officially declare their intent to run for reelection. Hall pre-filed for his At-Large B seat on Thursday, and Jerralds pre-filed for his District 5 seat on Friday. Hall had previously stated his intention not to seek reelection, and instead hoped to have the at-large seats eliminated altogether.
Assuming no others enter the race, Hall will face former mayoral candidate Charles Bare and Victor Cross. Jerralds is currently unopposed, as are fellow council members Maren DeWeese and P.C. Wu for their respective seats.
Also of note: Jewel Cannada-Wynn, the former city councilwoman who lost her District 6 seat to Brian Spencer last election, has dropped out of the County Commissioner District 3 race and thrown her hat into the ring for City Council District 7. (Her West Blount Street residence changed districts in the latest city redistricting.) Councilman Ronald Townsend has not yet filed for the District 7 seat, and may not run. That leaves the battle for District 3 a little less crowded, with only four Democratic candidates pre-filed to face off in the primary (Lumon May, Pat Pepper, Clinton Powell Sr., and Annie Thomas-Walker). There’s one, currently unopposed Republican candidate (Tiffany Washinton), and four candidates without party affiliation (Takia Berry, John Johnson, Hugh King Sr., and Derek Stromas) who will skip the primary and go straight to the general election.
Escambia County Commissioner Wilson Robertson is facing Republican Jesse Casey and NPA challengers Andrea Shanta Bonner and Bobby Spencer for the District 1 seat, while District 5 has a whole mess of candidates vying for the seat being vacated by Kevin White: Republicans Sam Archer, Glenn Austin, Steven Barry, Deanne Patricia Burkett, and Jim Taylor, plus NPA candidates Packy Mitchell and Dennis Wiggins.
In state races, Clay Ford is currently the only candidate for his District 2 Florida House seat, while Democrat Gloria Ann Wiggins has met the petition requirement to run against incumbent Republican Clay Ingram.
Because of the state’s recent (and contentious) redistricting, Florida State Senate District 2 now covers the entirety of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties and a portion of north Okaloosa County. Incumbent Senator Greg Evers is a resident of Okaloosa County, which potentially makes him vulnerable to opponents closer to the Pensacola population core, but at the moment only write-in candidate Joshua Hartigan has challenged him for the District 2 seat.
The qualifying period for candidates runs from Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8.