In Okaloosa County's Tuesday Primary there was one county wide referendum on the ballot. The measure asked voters for an extension of temporary economic development property tax exemptions to businesses that create new jobs in the area.
The county referendum passed with a wide margin on election night with 75 % of those casting ballots in favor of it. That’s a total of 18,579 votes and voices saying yes to the incentive that could help draw new businesses.
With fall s'mester just around the corner, students at the University of West Florida only have a few weeks left to make the most of what’s left of their summer vacay. I took a walk around the campus and asked the handful of students I could find how they had been spending their summer so far.
David Giampa will be a junior this fall and is studying maths and economic. Outside of class and his job as a tutor in the maths lab on campus. He says he hasn’t been up to much.
At face value the Republican primary in Santa Rosa County for the Board of Commissioners District 2 nomination looked like any other primary race. Until you noticed that both candidates were incumbent commissioners. Bob Cole is the sitting commissioner in district 2 and is running for his fourth term on the board. Jim Melvin is the current district 4 commissioner, but because of redistricting he now lives in district 2, so to seek a second term on the board he had to run against Cole. Take those circumstances, add an extremely low voter turnout and you get a very close election.
Title-9, Chapter 100.061 of the Florida Constitution states: In each year in which a general election is held, a primary election for nomination of candidates of political parties shall be held on the Tuesday 10 weeks prior to the general election.
In Tuesday's primary election former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has easily won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott in November. Crist easily defeated former state Sen. Nan Rich in Tuesday’s primary.