News Update for 6/17/22

Today is the last day of qualifying for candidates who want to be on the ballot for the upcoming 2022 election cycle. It looks like there will be balloting in almost all the major races.
Incumbent Highlands County Commissioner Kathy Rapp now has filed her paperwork to run against former commissioner Don Elwell in District two, Challenger Jeremy Daughery has filed to run for the District One Highlands County School Board seat against incumbent Isaac Durrance while incumbent Jill Compton-Twist has registered to run for the District five school board seat against resident Nichole Radonski.
Only Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Karen Healy remains unopposed to retain her seat.

A meeting of the Highlands County School’s Sex Ed Committee – officially known as the Comprehensive Health Education Committee – is off again. The committee was suggested folowing the furror over what local stuedents were being taught about sex in the so-called iMad program.
While it appeared that the June 21st meeting may have been scheduled during the last Highlands County School Board meeting, the resignation of Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, Nia Campbell, appears to have crashed any such session.

Avon Park city council members are looking to find more individuals to serve on their municipal boards. At the urging of Avon Park Mayor Garrett Anderson, an ordinance is being developed that would allow those who have businesses in Avon Park to serve on the Planning & Zoning board, whether or not they live in the City of Charm.
In the past, it has only been municipal residents or those who own property in the city who were allowed to serve.