It’s official: 2022 Apopka city election is set


The 2022 Apopka city election is officially scheduled.

Thanks to a pair of mayoral proclamations as well as a resolution passed by the City Council on Wednesday, December 15, the dates for 2022 city election are now officially set as is the qualifying period for candidates.

Technically, there will be one regular election and one special election that will be held on March 8, 2022. The regular election will see races for mayor, Seat 1, and Seat 2 on the City Council. The special election will be for Seat 4 that is currently occupied by Commissioner Kyle Becker, who has submitted his resignation so that he can run for mayor against incumbent Bryan Nelson. Becker’s resignation will be effective April 26, 2022, at noon, which is when the new terms will start for the election winners.

So far, the mayoral race between Nelson and Becker is the only race where there is more than one candidate who has declared candidacy for the March 8 election.

Alexander Smith, Seat 1 commissioner, and Seat 2 Commissioner Diane Velazquez have declared their intention to run for re-election, and Nick Nesta has filed to run for Seat 4 that Becker has resigned from to run for mayor.

All of the city commissioner seats are elected at-large, meaning each Apopka voter can cast a ballot in each race.

Qualifying for the election will be held from noon on Monday, December 27, to noon on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. City Hall will be closed on Friday, December 31, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.

The current mayor’s salary is $127,000, while commissioners are paid $16,200 annually.

Those wishing to run for office in the city of Apopka election must have lived in Apopka for one year prior to the date of the election.

Apopka residents wishing to vote in the 2022 city election must be registered to vote by February 7, 2022, at 5 p.m. The registration books are open now.

The election will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If a runoff is necessary for any of the races, it will be held Tuesday, April 12, at the same time.

Early voting will take place from Monday, February 28, 2022, through Friday, March 4, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. only at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office, 119 W. Kaley St., Orlando.

The full story can be found starting on page 1A of the Friday, December 17, issue of The Apopka Chief. Subscribe today!

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