Elections

Florida Division of Elections

2022 ELECTION DATES:

General Election: November 8, 2022 

Runoff Election: December 13, 2022


Canvassing Board Meeting Schedule:

Meetings of the City of Fernandina Beach Canvassing Board are open to the public and will be held at the James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place, Tabulation Room/Conference Room A, Yulee, at the dates and times below. The City of Fernandina Beach Canvassing Board may convene at other times as deemed necessary by the Board. For updates, please visit www.fbfl.us/elections. Refer to each meeting agenda for specific activities. The Nassau County Supervisor of Elections will use Clear Audit to facilitate post-election audits and any required recounts. Election staff will scan ballots into the recount/audit tabulation system in advance of the audit and any potential recounts, as indicated below.

Date

Time

Activity

December 2, 2022

Agenda

2 pm

Orientation & Public test of the automatic tabulation equipment and Independent Audit System. [F.S. 101.5612]

December 9, 2022 (If needed)

Agenda

10 am

Open and canvass mail ballots.

Scan mail ballots into Independent Audit System.

(Upon completion of the public testing of automatic tabulating equipment) [F.S. 101.68(2), FAC R1S-5.026]

December 13, 2022

Agenda

4 pm

Open and canvass mail ballots.

Scan mail ballots into Independent Audit System.

[F.S. 101.68(2), FAC R1S-5.026]

7 pm

Election Day

[F.S. 102.141(4)(a)]

Release unofficial results (does not include provisional ballots).

December 15, 2022

Agenda

4 pm

Scan election day ballots into Independent Audit System.

Canvass provisional ballots & vote by mail cures. Certify first unofficial election results. [F.S. 101.048, 101.68(4)(b), 102.141(5)]

December 16, 2022

Agenda

10 am

Conduct any recount ordered and certify second unofficial results.

Adjudicate unreadable cards in the Independent Audit System. [F.S. 102.141(7)©, FAC R1S-5.026]

December 19, 2022

Agenda

10 am

Certify election results and Conduct of Election Report. Perform post-election audit of voting system. [FAC R1S-5.026]


Anyone who casts a provisional ballot has two days after the election to provide proof of eligibility to the Canvassing Board. The deadline for this election is December 15, 2022, at 5 pm. [F.S. 101.048]

NOTE: Persons are advised that if they wish to appeal any decision made at these meetings, they will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based, per Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.

Canvassing Board Members: Honorable City Commissioners: Bradley Bean, Ronald “Chip” Ross, David Sturges, Alternate Victoria Robas.

Canvassing Board Administration: City Clerk Caroline Best, City Attorney Tammi Bach.

On the Runoff Election Ballot:  

Seat 4: 

John James Antun

Michael A. Lednovich 

Seat 5: 

          Darron Ayscue

          Genece Minshew    

2022 QUALIFIED CANDIDATES:

Seat 4
 Candidate Name: James John Antun
 Email: antun91@yahoo.com
 Phone (516) 547-5309
 Campaign Treasurer: Ann Dorsey
 Email: adorsey@dorcoent.com
 Phone: (904) 990-7755
 
 Seat 4
 Candidate Name: Michael A. Lednovich 
 Email: vote4lednovich@gmail.com
 Phone: (904) 502-0650
 Campaign Treasurer: Sharon Lednovich
 Email: slroan@aol.com
 Phone: (714) 356-3190

Seat 4
Defeated Candidate Name: Chelsey Lemire
Email: lemire.chelsey@gmail.com
Phone: (904) 570-1266
Campaign Treasurer: self
 
Seat 4
Defeated Candidate Name: Christopher J. Nickoloff
Email: chris4commish@gmail.com
Phone: (904) 468-9564
Campaign Treasurer: Janice Nickoloff
Email: chris4commish@gmail.com
Phone: (904) 468-9564

Seat 5 

Candidate Name: Darron C. Ayscue
Candidate Email: connect@darronayscue.com
Phone: (904) 591-3647
Campaign Treasurer: self

Seat 5
Defeated Candidate Name: Staci Deane McMonagle
Email: s.d.mcmonagle@gmail.com
Phone: (904) 477-4086
Campaign Treasurer: Terri Geiger
Email: tgeiger777@gmail.com
Phone: (904) 451-5290

Seat 5
Candidate Name: Genece Minshew 
Email: gminshew@gmail.com
Phone: (904) 491-0185
Campaign Treasurer: Angie Hall
Email: angiehallmobilenotary@gmail.com
Phone: (904) 879-9573 

Contest for Mayor results:  
Mayor-Elect: Commissioner Bradley Bean
Email: bbean@fbfl.org
Phone: (904) 415-5181
Campaign Treasurer: Alexia Dawes
Email: alexiadawes@gmail.com

Vice-Mayor Elect: Commissioner David Sturges
Email: dsturges@fbfl.org
Phone: (904) 753-2445
Campaign Treasurer: N/A

2022 QUALIFYING PERIOD:

Begins: Monday, July 11, 2022 – 8:00 AM 
Concludes: Friday, July 15, 2022 – 5:00 PM 

In accordance with Code of Ordinances Section 34-2 every candidate for election as a member of the City Commission shall file a notice of candidacy with the City Clerk during the Qualifying Period as set by resolution by the City Commission. Upon filing of the notice, all documents required by this Code, City Charter and/or Florida Statute Election laws shall be given to the City Clerk, and all required Qualifying Fees shall be paid.

 2022 PETITION DEADLINE:

Friday, July 1, 2022 - Prior to 12 noon
Number of valid petitions required to qualify - 115

In accordance with Sec. 34-4. A person seeking to qualify by the alternative method of qualifying may qualify to have his name placed on the ballot by means of the process as prescribed in F.S. 99.095, which by this reference is hereby incorporated in this section. (b) The person qualifying by this alternative method shall obtain the signatures on petitions in accordance with Florida Statute.  

2022 GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATE HANDBOOK:  

The 2022 General Election Candidate Handbook contains important candidate/campaign information including qualifying dates, candidate petition deadlines, ad monthly calendar of campaign treasurer reporting dates.

For assistance accessing the Candidate Handbook, please contact the City Clerk's Office: (904) 310-3115.

FUTURE ELECTIONS:

2022 - Seats 4 and 5
2023 - No Election
2024 - Seats 1, 2, and 3
2025 - No Election 
2026 - Seats 4 and 5

MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR: how elected  
Candidates for the mayoral election must consist of incumbent Commissioners who are not subject to reelection to the City Commission at that same election. Any eligible candidatewishing to be considered for the position of Mayor must request in writing, no later than the City Commission’s deadline for qualifying for running for City Commission in the City general election, to be placed on the ballot.   


The mayoral candidate on the ballot with the second highest number of votes in the mayoral election must be appointed to the Vice-Mayor position.  On the occasion that only one incumbent City Commissioner should choose to be on the mayoral ballot, there is no need for the mayoral election, and the one mayoral candidate must be appointed to the position of Mayor at the City Commission’s organizational meeting.  The City Commission may choose any City Commissioner not appointed as the Mayor to be the Vice-Mayor, including newly-elected Commissioners.  If no incumbent City Commissioner chooses to be on the mayoral ballot, the City Commission must vote to appoint one of the Commissioners to serve as Mayor and one Commissioner to serve as Vice-Mayor, and newly-elected Commissioners may be considered. The Mayor and Vice Mayor each serve a term of two (2) years to coincide with the municipal general election. The existing Mayor and Vice Mayor will serve until the organizational meeting following the next regular general election held by the City.

TERMS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

 The term of office for elected officers is four years, with a two-term limit. A candidate seeking to qualify for a City Commission seat must:  

  • Be a qualified, registered voter in the City of Fernandina Beach; 
  •  File his/her qualification papers during the Qualifying Period; 
  •  Pay the Election Assessment Fee in an amount equal to one percent of the annual salary of the office sought ($120.00). See Section 99.093(1) Florida Statute;
  •  And qualify by one of the following methods for their name to appear on the ballot: 

 1. Qualifying Fee Method: Pay the Qualifying Fee in a sum equal to three percent (3%) of the annual salary ($12,000) paid to a member of the City Commission of the fiscal year preceding the notice of filing for candidacy in the amount of $360.00. See City Code Section 34-3 and FS 99.092); OR
 
 2. Petition Method: Obtain signatures of one percent (1%) of the total number of registered voters (10,528) in the last City General Election which equates to 105 valid petition signatures. If a candidate obtains the signatures of one percent (1%) of registered voters, s/he will not be required to pay the Qualifying Fee in the amount of $360.00.  

 

Voter Registration

To register to vote, or make changes to your voter registration; please visit any of the following locations:

  • City Clerk's Office, City Hall, 204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034  
  • Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office, Historic Downtown Courthouse, 416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL  
  • Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office, 96135 Nassau Place, Suite #3, Yulee, FL

 To find your voting precinct or request a Vote by Mail Ballot (Absentee Ballot) please visit the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections' Office website: www.votenassaufl.gov or phone (904) 491-7500.