Gomez, Cunningham Want To Keep Seats; Still Time To Qualify For Century Council, Mayor

September 26, 2023

The interim mayor and an interim council member were the only individuals to qualify Monday for an upcoming special election in Century.

Luis Gomez, Jr. qualified to see the office of mayor, and Henry Cunningham qualified for town council.

Candidates may still qualify for either seat from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 213 Palafox Place in Pensacola on Tuesday, September 26 or Wednesday, September 27.

Gomez was recently appointed interim mayor after the resignation of Ben Boutwell, and Cunningham was appointed on an interim basis to the council seat vacated by Gomez.

Pictured top: Luis Gomez, Jr. (left) and Henry Cunningham. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Comments

15 Responses to “Gomez, Cunningham Want To Keep Seats; Still Time To Qualify For Century Council, Mayor”

  1. Roadrunner on September 27th, 2023 2:15 pm

    @Connie. Sounds like a poor excuse to not be involved. Maybe you should run for either of these seats. These people stand up to ridicule every day (plenty of it well deserved) but they love the town and are trying…. You aren’t so why complain?

  2. Just curious on September 26th, 2023 10:24 pm

    So do they have to pay a qualifying fee for council? Then if no one runs can they be appointed for free?

    Just curious

  3. tg on September 26th, 2023 7:44 pm

    Gomez took a online course for two days and now he dosent need any help ruining city. Sorry i meant running city.

  4. Mr. Metoo on September 26th, 2023 6:32 pm

    If only the experts would stop complaining and run for office. The qualifying dates were given.

  5. YeeHaw on September 26th, 2023 4:46 pm

    40 Acres and a mule! For ever body.

  6. Steve on September 26th, 2023 4:44 pm

    You get what you pay for is a good saying here. The cost for just appointing someone based on nothing more than they showed up will end up costing more.
    People with no leadership skills and no experience in business will never get that city on track.

  7. Connie on September 26th, 2023 1:51 pm

    This is more of the same, same people, same council, no vision. I would love to see a new council, people with vision and not history. Century residents seem to want to see the town fail, they want to become part of Pensacola. I am very disheartened that we do not have residents that care and want better for Century, I would be involved but not with these that are there, one person would not make a difference. I cannot believe that we are going to have Gomez as a candidate for Mayor , he should not even be on the council, his ideas are partly why we are in this predicament now. I have lived here for 3 years, and nothing has gotten better, just constantly worse. I lived in Pensacola for 20 years and believe me, ECUA is not the dream. Wake up people before it’s too late.

  8. BIG JOHN on September 26th, 2023 1:07 pm

    AND THE STORY KEEP’S GOING ON , TURN IN TOMORROW, YOU DON’T WONT TO MISS WHO IS GOING TO BE CENTURY NEW MOYOR? WHY CAN’T SOMEONE WITH A NEW VISION FOR CENTURY STEP UP AND PUT THERE NAME IN FOR MAYOR, FOR THE TOWN WILL GO FORWARD AND NOT BE THE LAUGHTER OF THE COUNTY???

  9. Like Button on September 26th, 2023 11:09 am

    Where’s the like button? Because Soapbox Sally is preachin’ right now….

    For the love of this Podunk town, someone with common sense and a vision for the future growth of this area run against him. He has some kind of vision, but darned if anyone knows what it is.

    How about the Council read over those proposed improvements to our Charter and vote to adopt them. Then the town can get on with the real business of governing instead of making up rules as you go.

  10. Soapbox Sally on September 26th, 2023 10:18 am

    The same Gomez who said he was in over his head now wants to be mayor? For the love of this Podunk town, someone with common sense and a vision for the future growth of this area run against him. He has some kind of vision, but darned if anyone knows what it is. He’ll shoot ideas down and vote against proposals because they don’t fit “his vision” for the town. Mr. Gomez, I challenge you to sit with William and do an interview so the town has a clear idea of what you think Century’s future looks like and how we’re gonna get there.

    As for Cunningham, he’s lived here his whole life. He’s seen this town flourish and decay. I hope he has some good ideas for Century to make a cone back.

    And to the whole Town Council: a group of citizens spent 3 years going over the Charter with a fine tooth comb and suggesting ways to improve how our town government operates. It upsets me when others ( who probably don’t live in town limits) say the Charter should be done away with. How about the Council read over those proposed improvements to our Charter and vote to adopt them. Then the town can get on with the real business of governing instead of making up rules as you go.

  11. RaD on September 26th, 2023 10:02 am

    Mr. Gomez has spent what seems like forever trying to neuter mayoral responsibilities and power but now he wants the job? Somehow, I have a feeling all those objections of his will be a fading memory.

    I sincerely hope William and NorthEscambia continue to keep an eye on the City government and Mr. Gomez in particular because I have a feeling they are going to need it now more than ever.

    As an election day gift, perhaps someone can resend him the Sunshine Law training materials.

  12. Willis on September 26th, 2023 7:25 am

    @concerned
    No it’s because they aren’t interested.

  13. Molino Man on September 26th, 2023 5:57 am

    April Fools! LOL

  14. Concerned on September 26th, 2023 5:40 am

    It’s extremely concerning that no one wants to run to be in this town Government. Is it because the citizens are hoping that the county will take over. Is that even an option on this ballot. To end this charade of a governing town body. I sure hope so.

  15. James on September 26th, 2023 12:40 am

    Looks like the circus is going to continue





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