By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Election day in Spring Hill is fast approaching, with early voting beginning on March 22, and election day landing on April 11.
To vote in this year’s elections, interested residents must register to vote by Tuesday, March 12. Residents who voted during the 2017 Spring Hill elections are already covered, and may confirm their voter registration by clicking here. Residents who aren’t registered may do so online by clicking here.
The 2017 Spring Hill elections saw less than 8 percent of the 22,911 registered voters in the city participate, with both the Mayor and aldermen seats being decided by only a handful of votes. City officials hope to improve the turnout this election, and if the 2018 midterms were any indication, that may very well happen.
Meeting together during the Meet the Candidates forum last month, there are nine candidates running for office this election.
For Ward 1, four candidates are running for the open seat on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen; Liz Droke, John Canepari, Alex Jimenez and Bryan Watt. The Ward 1 seat is currently held by Clint McCain, who was appointed to fill former-Alderman Chad Whittenburg’s seat after Whittenburg resigned this past December.
The Ward 2 seat open for election is currently held by Matt Fitterer, who is running again for reelection, and has no opponents.
Ward 3’s seat open for election is currently held by Susan Zemek, who is also running for reelection. Zemek has one challenger for the seat – Dan Allen.
The two candidates for the Ward 4 seat will face no incumbent, as Vice Mayor Bruce Hull has stated his intentions to not run for reelection. The candidates for Ward 4 are Hazel Nieves and Doug Holtz.