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Primary 2020 election results

Primary 2020 election results

The votes are tallied, and Santa Rosa County’s preliminary election results are in for local races. Here’s a run down of who triumphed Tuesday night: District 5 County Commissioner- Colten Wright by 60% of the vote District 1 County Commissioner- Sam Parker (incumbent) by 49% of the vote (Will face a write-in candidate in November) […]

Voting by mail popular in pandemic, but no ‘panacea’

Voting by mail popular in pandemic, but no ‘panacea’

Floridians are flooding elections supervisors with requests for mail-in ballots as they seek a safer way to cast ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but some experts warn that absentee voting is not a panacea. Research shows that Black, Hispanic and young voters are more likely to have their mail-in ballots rejected or received too late […]

Elections office ready for large number of vote by mail

Elections office ready for large number of vote by mail

COVID-19 has impacted nearly every part of life, and elections are no exception. Supervisor of elections, Tappie Villane, said they have adjusted operations to ensure their office stays open. Elections offices are deemed essential and must operate Monday through Friday based on statute. “My staff is small. There are six people plus me. I can’t […]

Commissioner Salter files for re-election

Commissioner Salter files for re-election

In an already crowded field of candidates, County Commissioner Don Salter filed Jan. 15 to run for re-election as representative for the northern most portion of the county. Salter, a retired Gulf Power district manager and Army veteran, has served as commissioner for district 3 continuously since 2000. During that time, he championed protection of […]

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

Zoning members out; Parker accused of intimidation

The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted  4-1 Monday morning to fire the entire Zoning Board, a citizen committee appointed by commissioners to hear cases for exceptions to the Land Development Code. Three of those appointees found themselves in hot water after, what Commission Chairman Sam Parker called, “disingenuous and disrespectful” comments during their […]

Commissioners considering impact fee study

Commissioners considering impact fee study

According to preliminary election results, 67% of 26,000 votes cast opposed the proposed one cent sales tax sought by commissioners. Following defeat at the polls yesterday, County Commissioners will consider an impact fee study during their Thursday morning meeting. Chairman Sam Parker told Navarre Press Wednesday afternoon he requested discussion of the study be added […]

Voter books close Monday for Oct. 8 election

Voter books close Monday for Oct. 8 election

Voter registration books close Sept. 9 for the upcoming special election to decide whether Santa Rosa County will add an additional half cent of sales tax. Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie A. Villane reminds citizens to register to vote before book closing Monday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. It is the last day […]

BREAKING: PAC seeking incorporation ballot measure

BREAKING: PAC seeking incorporation ballot measure

A political action committee (PAC) is seeking to revive an effort to incorporate Navarre into its own city. Navarre Area United PAC is scheduled to make an appearance at the Monday Board of County Commissioners meeting. Agenda documentation provided ahead of the meeting did not provide any information regarding the purpose of the meeting, only […]

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

Voters may go to the polls on a request for another half cent sales tax as early as August as County Commissioners unanimously supported the idea Thursday during a Budget Workshop. Commission Chairman Sam Parker brought forward the suggestion of a special ballot initiative for the new tax. “I have really searched about how we […]

After recount, Santa Rosa closes books on 2018 election

After recount, Santa Rosa closes books on 2018 election

As razor-thin margins between candidates for federal and state office prompted statewide recounts last week, volunteers pored over 2,426 questionable ballot selections Friday in the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office’s manual recount. The county’s mandatory manual recount covered the races for U.S. Senate and Florida commissioner of agriculture, prompted by margins of less […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. VOTERS ISSUE MIXED VERDICT ON TRUMP PRESIDENCY Democrats seize the House majority from the Republican Party in a suburban revolt, but the GOP gains ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships. 2. WHAT THIS ELECTION MAY SIGNIFY A polarized nation is now more deeply divided — urban from rural, white from black, conservative […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. ELECTORATE TO RENDER JUDGMENT ON TRUMP ERA Democratic resistance vs. slash-and-burn politics: Voters across America cast ballots in first nationwide election of Trump’s presidency. 2. VOTING PROBLEMS APPEAR CLOSER TO HOME Early voting leading up to the midterm election exposed machines that changed voter selections and registration forms tossed because of clerical errors. 3. […]

Hurricane postpones voter books closing

Hurricane postpones voter books closing

The Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Office will be closing at noon Tuesday in order to prepare for Hurricane Michael. The closure will affect the voter registration deadline according to a press release from the office. In Florida, registration books close 29 days prior to an election. Due to the office closing early, paper […]

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

When Florida voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be greeted by a dozen potential amendments to the state’s constitution. From dog racing to taxes to vaping at work, the amendments hit a variety of issues. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press for brief guide on what […]

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

Williamson campaign postcard makes false claims

As District 4’s heated election season comes to a close, potentially thousands of voters received mail-out postcards touting current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson as a conservative businessman and avid supporter of President Donald Trump. The mailer, marked as approved and paid for by the Rob Williamson campaign, also paints Williamson’s opponent, Dave Piech, […]

July 30 deadline for voter registration

July 30 deadline for voter registration

Qualifying citizens of Santa Rosa County have less than a week to update their voter party affiliation or get registered to vote ahead of the primary election Aug. 28. The Supervisor of Election’s books close 30 days prior to Election Day, meaning the deadline for changes is July 30. Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said […]

Mail-in ballots for all, not just absentee voters

Mail-in ballots for all, not just absentee voters

Red and blue signs bearing candidate names have started cropping up in front yards across the county. Social media platforms are abuzz with chatter about local and national issues. Election season is fast approaching. Read the full article in the June 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]

Infrastructure tops debate questions

Infrastructure tops debate questions

For the first time on a single platform, Navarre-area District 4 County Commission candidates Dave Piech and incumbent Rob Williamson met in debate at Grover T’s Restaurant May 3 during the Santa Rosa Republicans County Commission Debate. The pair fielded questions on a variety of issues including party affiliation, taxes and economic growth. Williamson told […]

Candidates air views on county’s development, economic growth

Candidates air views on county’s development, economic growth

Precinct 34, an initiative to improve voter turnout in the Navarre area, brought together more than a dozen candidates for a variety of offices to debate the issues April 17. The main event of the Precinct 34 Candidate Forum involved the County Commission race. Two of the board’s five seats are up for election, including […]

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

New candidate announced for District 4 County Commissioner

Until Friday, current District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson was unchallenged for re-election to that seat in 2018. However, a new candidate has thrown his hat in the ring. David Piech, who resides on Admiral Street in Holley by the Sea, announced his candidacy with the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office. Raised in Chicago, […]

School district sales tax passes

School district sales tax passes

In a show of support for Santa Rosa School District, voters passed the continuance of the one-half cent sales tax for 10 years beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The funds are designated for construction of new school district facilities, renovations to existing schools, land acquisition and improvements, and the upgrading and equipping of school district facilities […]

Holley-Navarre Water updates election protocol

Holley-Navarre Water updates election protocol

The election of two members to the Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors will be held Jan. 17, and the rules regarding how to vote have changed. The 2015 and 2016 elections led to accusations of candidates and even HNWS employees manipulating proxies. The addition of absentee ballots and PIN numbers is the utility’s […]

Safety pins?

Safety pins?

What began with the Brexit in the UK last June has spilled over to America in the wake of the nation electing Donald Trump as president.  People are wearing safety pins to make a silent statement that the groups of people who feel threatened by the supposed hate and fear mongering of Trump and his […]

Near-record numbers in election

Voters of Santa Rosa county turned out to vote in numbers not seen since the 2008 General Election, and before that you have to go all the way back to 1984 when the voter turnout was 70.28 percent of all registered voters.  In this 2016 election the percentage was 68.04.  In a heated presidential race […]

Navarre says ‘yes’ to fire referendum

Navarre says ‘yes’ to fire referendum

Watching the election results from the comfort of his home, Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton heaved a big sigh of relief with the unofficial results Tuesday night from the Supervisor of Elections Office. The citizens of the fire district, with the exception of Holley, spoke loudly in support of an increase in the fire-assessment fees […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 4

POLICE: MAN WANTED ‘SUICIDE BY COP’ AFTER KILLING FAMILY Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez says Fadel Jabado wanted “suicide by cop” when he fired his weapon at officers while sitting in his car in a field Wednesday afternoon. Police shot Jabado, who remains in critical condition. The bodies of his wife and 26-year-old son were […]

Like it or not, this election is a referendum

Like it or not, this election is a referendum

Guest Opinion There is a sizeable faction in this country that is disgusted with the choices we have going into the 2016 General Election. While the choices are far from the quality a great nation like the United States deserves, they are what they are. No amount of complaining, abdication of responsibility or indignation will […]

Vote yes on Holley-Navarre Fire District referendum

Vote yes on Holley-Navarre Fire District referendum

Our safety is on the line This election is indeed as important as they come.  Who will be our next president?  United States Senator? State Representative? Will the medical marijuana law be expanded?  And for all the residents in Navarre and Holley, the life safety issue is will we vote yes to raise the fire-assessment […]