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ALACHUA – The qualifying period for the April 12 election to two Alachua City Commission seats will expire at 12 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26. Alachua's election qualifying period runs for one week, this year beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Each seat is for a three-year term.

The available seats are for Seat 1 (mayor), currently occupied by Gib Coerper, and for Seat 2 (commissioner), currently occupied by Robert W. Wilford.

Qualifying packets have been picked up by both incumbents and several other people according to the Office of the Deputy City Clerk, but as of Monday, Feb. 22, no one had turned in their completed packet.

The current salary for city commissioners is set at $16,500, with $18,500 designated for the mayor's seat. The qualifying fee according to the City Code of Ordinances is $25, and the election assessment fee set by State Statute at one percent of commission compensation is $185 for the mayor's seat and $165 for the commissioner's seat.

Anyone wishing to qualify before the end of the qualifying period may contact Alan Henderson or Melanie Westmoreland in the Office of the Deputy City Clerk at 386-418-6100 or in person at City Hall, located at 15100 NW 142 Terrace, Alachua.

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