Congratulations to Dave Barnett; 3 mayoral candidates

A relentless and ruthless COVID 19 and its pernicious offspring have impacted many aspects of daily life that we took for granted before the spring of 2020, including the amount of space available in newspapers to provide the kind of focused forums about readers that are typically found on an Opinion Page. The Record faced such a challenge and reluctantly decided to limit commentary to Sunday editions only – a hurdle in the road which we hope will soon be fully ironed out.

In the meantime, this column, which had previously appeared here for almost seven years, has been resurrected and scheduled to run every other Sunday. It is a privilege that I do not take lightly.

Congratulations, Coach Barnett

First, congratulations to Dave Barnett, longtime baseball coach at Flagler College, for reaching the milestone of 1,000 wins – all at Flagler. He started the 2022 season with 982 coaching wins and finished with 1,007.

I don’t know Dave well, but a few years ago – just before the pandemic came to town and changed our lives – we met for lunch and swapped stories about our time as football players. baseball. Dave was much more successful, so naturally he had more stories to tell. And better stories, to boot.

Neither of us had success in the minor leagues, but at least we had an opportunity; Dave from the Expos, me from the Red Sox. So a tip from my tweed cap to Dave Barnett for accomplishing what only seven other NCAA Division II baseball coaches have accomplished: a thousand wins. And I hope he earns a few hundred more before he retires.

Election season on the horizon

Although Flagler College’s 2022 baseball season is over, primary election season is just beginning in St. Johns County. In several nonpartisan local contests, however – where only two people are running for election – voters will have to wait until the general election in November to make a choice.

In St. Augustine, a fascinating August primary battle nearly unfolded when two seated city commissioners decided to run for mayor.

Roxanne Horvath

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With outgoing Mayor Tracy Upchurch not seeking re-election, Commissioners Roxanne Horvath and Nancy Sikes-Kline decided to run for office, as did Tim Miscovich Jr. That meant a three-way race – at least until May 10, when Commissioner Horvath informed the Supervisor of Elections. Vicky Oakes, “Please consider this my official letter of withdrawal for the position of mayor for the 2022 City of St. Augustine election. The time is not right for me, at this time, to seek this position I look forward to serving the city in my current commission seat 1 for two more years beginning in December 2022.”

In summary: Ms Horvath filed a nomination paper on January 27, three days after Mayor Upchurch announced he would not be a candidate. Ms. Sikes-Kline, whose term as commissioner expires in December, did not file a nomination paper until April 14. Soon after, Commissioner Horvath, who had already spent nearly $1,700 on a campaign photo, website design and flyer, pulled out. as a candidate. (Noah Kowieski didn’t throw his hat in the ring until June 7).

What did Commissioner Horvath realize in May about timing that she didn’t already know in January? Or was it just the political reality of a small town? Whatever the reason, we’ll miss what could have been a heated (albeit awkward) competition between seated committee colleagues.

An interesting aspect of a sitting commissioner running for mayor is Florida’s “resign to run” election law: “No officer may qualify as a candidate for any other public office, whether a state, district, county or municipality, if the terms or any part thereof apply. simultaneously with each other, without resigning from the position he currently holds.

For Ms. Sikes-Kline, her current term expires the same day that, if elected, she will transition to central chair at the committee table.

Alas, the possibility of dueling commissioners seeking to control the gavel has been brushed aside, leaving – pending the filing deadline later this month – Nancy Sikes-Kline, Tim Miscovich Jr. and Noah Kowieski as candidates for mayor . And unless one of them receives 50% more of a vote in the primary elections in August, the top two will face each other in November.

The smart money is on Sikes-Kline – November runoff or no runoff – but shakeups are happening. Just ask the folks who had too many mint juleps at Churchill Downs on May 7, then shelled out a hundred bucks willy-nilly on Rich Strike 80-1 to win the Kentucky Derby.

You never know what will happen, do you? You never know.

Steve Cotrell

Steve Cottrell is a former small-town mayor, president of a chamber of commerce and editor of a weekly newspaper. Contact him at [email protected]

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