Katrina Wallace to face Quarker for commission seat

Published 4:55 pm Friday, January 17, 2014

After the first week of qualifying for local offices, the first competitive race has emerged: incumbent David Quarker, a Democrat, will face off against Republican Katrina Wallace for Escambia County Commission District 5.

Wallace, the wife of school board member Dr. Coleman Wallace Sr., is so far the only Republican candidate who has qualified for a statewide office. The deadline is Feb. 7.

In addition to Quarker, Democrats who have qualified for office this week include:

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• Grover Smith, sheriff (incumbent)

• David Stokes, county commission District 1 (incumbent)

• Larry White, county commission District 3 (incumbent)

• William Grissett, Escambia County Board of Education District 5 (incumbent)

Offices up for election include sheriff, tax assessor, tax collector, commission districts 1, 3 and 5, and school board seats for districts 1 and 5.

Anyone interested in qualifying as a Republican for a local office can call county party Chairman Heath Jackson at (205) 901-1391 or email him at agentheathjackson@gmail.com.

Anyone interested in qualifying as a Democrat for a local office can visit county party Chairman Everette Price’s office on Blacksher Street.

In addition to the county offices, statewide offices are up for election as well.

In House District 66, Republican Alan Baker has qualified to run for re-election.

In Senate District 22, Republicans Danny Joyner, Stephen Sexton and Harry D’Olive have announced their intention to run. Sexton and D’Olive have qualified, according to the state Republican Party Web site. Democrat Marc Keahey currently holds the seat.