Here’s Who Qualified For The Ballot This Year Locally, And Who Won Automatically

June 18, 2022

Candidate qualifying ended at noon Friday in Florida, setting this year’s ballot in Escambia and Santa Rosa County.

Several candidates were automatically elected Friday because no one qualified to run against them. They are noted below.

Here is the complete list for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties:


U.S. Senate

  • Val Demings (D)
  • Steven B. Grant (NPA)
  • Dennis Misigoy (LPF)
  • Tuan TQ Nguyen (NPA)
  • Marco Rubio (R) (incumbent)
  • William Sanchez (D)

U.S. Representative District 1

  • Matt Gaetz (R) (incumbent)
  • Bryan Jones (R)
  • Rebekah Jones (D)
  • Mark Lombardo (R)
  • Greg Merk (R)
  • Peggy Schiller (D)


State Senate District 1

  • Doug Broxson (R) (incumbent)
  • John Mills (R)
  • Charlie Nichols (D)

State Representative District 1

  • Mike Hill (R)
  • Franscine Mathis (D)
  • Michelle Salzman (R) (incumbent)

State Representative District 2

  • Alex Andrade (R) (incumbent)
  • Greg Litton (R)
  • Carollyn Rabeca Taylor (D)

State Representative District 3

  • Mariya Calkins (R)
  • Sandra Maddox (Write-in)
  • Joel Rudman (R)


Partisan Races

County Commission District 2 (open primary)

  • Kevin Brown (R)
  • Michael Kohler (R)
  • Chance Walsh (R)

County Commission District 4

  • Robert Bender (R) (incumbent)
  • Myra J. Van Hoose (D)
  • Stan McDaniels (R)

ECUA District 2

  • Lois Benson (R) (incumbent)
  • Anderson “Andy” Romagnano (D)

ECUA District 4

  • Dale Perkins (R) (automatically elected)

Non-partisan races

School Board District 1

  • Kevin Adams (incumbent)
  • Connor Mann

School Board District 2

  • Paul Fetsko (incumbent)
  • Raymond Guillory
  • Kells Hetherington

School Board District 3

  • Laura Dortch Edler (incumbent)
  • David Williams

Santa Rosa Island Authority

  • Thomas Campanella
  • Jeremy Johnson

Escambia Soil & Water Conservation District Group 2

  • Johnnie Odom (automatically elected)

Escambia Soil & Water Conservation District Group 3

  • Travis Tharp (automatically elected)

County Judge Group 1

  • Paul Hamlin
  • Scott Ritchie

County Court Judge Group 3

  • Barry Dickson Jr. (automatically elected)


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Council Seat 3

  • (no candidate qualified)

Council Seat 4

  • (no candidate qualified)

Council Seat 5

  • Sandra McMurray Jackson (automatically elected)



  • Jewel Cannada-Wynn
  • Sherri Myers
  • Darcy (D.C.) Reeves
  • Steven Sharp

Council District 2

  • Charletha Powell
  • Brian Hoffman
  • Charles L. Bare
  • Brian Wyer

Council District 4

  • Jared Moore (automatically elected)

Council District 6

  • Allison Patton
  • Maureen “Mo” Padden
  • Ann Hill (incumbent)


Partisan Races

County Commissioner District 2

  • Jeff Ates IV (R)
  • Rickie Cotton Jr. (R)
  • Kerry Smith (R)
  • Clifton Wheeler (Write-in)
  • Howard Steele (R)

County Commissioner District 4

  • Ray Eddington (R)
  • Harlan Hall (Write-in)
  • Dave Piech (R) (incumbent)

Non-partisan races

County Court Judge, Group 1

  • Robert Hilliard

School Board District 1

  • Wayne Patterson
  • Linda Sanborn (incumbent)

School Board District 3

  • Carol Boston (incumbent)
  • Alisabeth Janai Lancaster

School Board District 5

  • Scott Peden
  • Pete Peters
  • Gregory Seltzer



  • Shon Owens (automatically elected)


  • Nina Hendricks (automatically elected)


  • Josh Holloway (automatically elected)


10 Responses to “Here’s Who Qualified For The Ballot This Year Locally, And Who Won Automatically”

  1. Josh Jones on June 21st, 2022 9:36 am


    Florida does not include teaching CRT to school age children. I’m no “woke liberal” but I believe in transparency when it comes to telling the truth. The Florida school curriculum is available for all to see on the Florida Department of Education website.

    I also believe that the governor’s goal, in pushing his ban on CRT, has been achieved: even though it was never an issue, he has boosted his support among his base – they love him more.

  2. Jcellops on June 20th, 2022 9:21 am

    Yes Mary, I read his story, “lifelong Republican” he said. But, wouldn’t it be so much easier to help form your electoral decisions without having to dig and research for the information? What’s wrong with transparency? To Lee, Thank God for Governor DeSantis, who halted CRT in public schools. However, it didn’t halt the Superintendent from trying to sneak it in by way of mandatory training for school board employees. It’s my belief that those certain “woke” liberals, within the school system, will always be on a mission to indoctrinate young minds. My own grandkids (educated in California) are perfect examples of liberal indoctrination. I don’t know that they’ll ever recover. Nonetheless, I believe that voters deserve transparency when it comes to every aspect of our children’s education, to include the school board members, who ultimately choose the superintendent.

  3. Lee on June 19th, 2022 3:18 pm

    @Jcellops – To which specific policies are you referring? I’ve heard people who are concerned about what is being taught. However, much of that is truly misinformation. All Florida public school curriculum is available online, every single course offered. It’s literally a roadmap for what students are expected to learn and what teachers are supposed to teach. They are not left to their own devices to decide what or how to teach. We are witnessing people presenting NON issues as if they are problems. The result is a waste of resources.

  4. Mary on June 19th, 2022 2:27 pm

    @jcellops to answer your question— no, you aren’t the only one who thinks that. School board candidate Kells Hetherington brought a federal lawsuit against the state of Florida, backed by the Institute for Free Speech for fining him when he said he was a Republican. It is important to know everyone’s party. But the incumbent Fetsko was a Democratic until changing his registration shortly before running.

  5. Timothy Minko on June 19th, 2022 9:57 am

    We need Matt Gaetz to stay in office! He is a pittbull and is exactly what’s needed against the criminal left.

    The fake allegations and attempted smear campaign against Gaetz by the left FAILED! They arrested and convicted the man who made up lies and tried to extort Gaetz. He has exposed them exactly for what they are and they HATE him for that. That’s exactly what we need! Don’t let up.

    If they hate you, they will drum up fake allegations, lies and try to extort you and tarnish you. He fake news is also in on it.
    Don’t let them win. Gaetz is a threat to the left and RHINOS.

    Vote Gaetz!!!

  6. Denny on June 18th, 2022 1:19 pm

    JTV, just like Trump was a Democrat until he ran for office…

  7. Josh Jones on June 18th, 2022 9:32 am

    Fortunately there is another D on the ballot, Margaret (Peggy) Schiller. She’s a viable candidate, who has a law degree (like Mattie) and has years of corporate and public service.

    I think Rebekah Jones is an unfortunate candidate, only known by her association with the Florida Department of Health Covid scandal. She has few qualifications to represent our district.

    Matt Gaetz has been and continues to be not only an ineffective representative of District 1, but also an embarrassment in his actions and comments. We can do better and the Ds, NPAs, and good Rs can reject and oust Gaetz in November.

  8. Frank on June 18th, 2022 9:06 am

    @JTV- Rebekah Jones has always been a democrat. She’s the former state employee who tried to say DeSantis was suppressing Covid data to hide the true cases and deaths. She was fired and then she allegedly hacked the emergency responders network and was arrested by FDLE. Since all this she moved to pensacola beach and decided to run against Gaetz. You might be mistaking her for Rebekah Bydlak

  9. Jcellops on June 18th, 2022 8:50 am

    Some states have “partisan” school board elections. I think that I’m in favor of that, in light of some of the questionable liberal policies that infect our public schools and children. Am I the only one that thinks along this line? At this juncture, you’d just have to use your due diligence and research each candidate.

  10. JTV on June 18th, 2022 6:42 am

    So old Rebekah Jones is a Democrat now? How sleazy is that?

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