Early voting begins for 2 Clay County commission seats

Julie Morgan

Early voting for the August primary began on Saturday, August 13, in Clay County.

Two Republicans are seeking the party’s nomination for Clay County Commission, District 2. The winner of the August 23 primary will face Leroy Edwards, a Democrat, in November.

Wayne Bolla holds the seat now but is term-limited.

Alexandra Compere, Republican

According to Compere's profile on the supervisor of elections website, she's a native of Clay County and an Oakleaf resident. Her parents migrated to the United States from Haiti. Compere has five siblings, works as a personal injury attorney and serves on various boards.

Compere's bio says in part: "As a lifelong resident of Clay County and almost 10-year resident of Oakleaf, her deep roots in this county underscore her belief that Clay is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Her aim is to make a meaningful contribution by being a servant leader who advocates for this deserving community. Accessibility and open lines of communication will be key to accomplishing that goal."

Rodney Herring, Republican

Rodney Herring served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a 30-year U.S. Air Force veteran. Herring is a married father of two adult children and a grandfather. He works as an administrator at a school for children on the autism spectrum. Herring has taught at several Clay County schools.

"I plan to focus on the issues that most directly impact our daily lives: keeping our community safe; protecting our quality of life; properly managing growth and development; and ensuring we are fiscally responsible with your tax dollars," said Herring.

Leroy Edwards, Democrat

Leroy Edwards is a married father of three adult children and has lived in Clay County for about 20 years. Edwards works as a supervisor at UPS and is a former police officer. He is originally from Jamaica.

"My desire is to ensure we have a safe community for all residents and children for everyone in Clay County. As your commissioner, I will work closely with my colleagues and departments to ensure this goal is met," said Edwards.

District 4 has two candidates, Dale Carter and current District 4 Commissioner Betsy Condon. Both are Republicans. No Democrat entered the race so the August primary will be open to all voters.

Dale L. Carter, Republican

Dale Carter has been a self-employed businessman in Clay County for 25 years. He graduated from Middleburg High School and lives on the family farm.

According to his candidate's Facebook page, he'd like to focus on infrastructure, recession, and growth. "Having proper infrastructure in place before building new homes, apartments, etc. Improving our current parks for the children in our community. Demanding and having transparency for the taxpayers."

Betsy Condon, Republican

Betsy Condon is the incumbent for the District 4 commission seat. She is a native of Keystone Heights. Condon went away for school but returned to Clay County to raise her family. She says her children graduated from Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High.

According to Condon's Facebook page, she has a few "action items." She says she'd like to "complete funding and implementation of the broadband project. Finish comprehensive road plans to include addresses of all unpaved public roads," among other things.

Early voting in Clay County is from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. through August 20. There are seven early voting locations. Election Day is August 23.

The early voting locations are:

  • Eagle Landing Residents Club - 3975 Eagle Landing Parkway., Orange Park
  • Fleming Island Library - 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island
  • Keystone Heights City Hall - 555 S. Lawrence Blvd., Keystone Heights
  • Middleburg Civic Center - 2102 Palmetto St., Middleburg
  • Orange Park Library - 2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park
  • Supervisor of Elections Office - 500 N. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs
  • Thrasher-Horne Conference Center - 283 College Drive, Orange Park

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