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NEWS BRIEFS Registered Sarasota voters will cast their ballots for two city commissioners during the March 12 election. Photo from Americanspirit | Dreamstime QUALIFYING PERIOD UNDER WAY FOR CITY COMMISSION CANDIDATES The candidate qualifying period for the two at- • Provide a financial disclosure statement. large seats on the Sarasota City Commission • Submit a $249.83 election assessment fee or began Jan. 7 and will continue through noon file an affidavit of "undue burden." Friday, Jan. 11, the city has announced. Early voting for the election will be held SatCandidates, including those who pre-qualified, urday, March 2, through Saturday, March 9, must qualify during the specified time frame from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to have their names placed on the ballot for the Tuesday, March 12, election, a city news If a runoff is required, it will take place on release says. Tuesday, May 14, the news release says. Early voting would be held Saturday, May 4, through To qualify each person must do the following: Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Provide a petition with 25 signatures of regAll early voting will take place at the Sarasota istered voters within the city limits. County Supervisor of Elections office, 101 S. • Open a campaign account and appoint a Washington Blvd. treasurer. For more information on early voting, call • Sign a loyalty oath. 861-8600 or visit

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