Candye Lewis, candidate for Gulf County tax collector. [ Provided by candidate ]
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Election 2024: Lewis seeks tax collector post

Port St. Joe resident Candye Lewis has announced her intent to run for Gulf County tax collector.

Lewis, 60, of 111 Liberty Street, is seeking to succeed incumbent Shirley Jenkins, who has decided not to seek re-election. 

A Democrat, Lewis would compete in the November general election if no other members of her party decide to run. Two Republicans, Gail Alsobrook and Ashley Forehand, have declared their intent to seek the office, and which member of the GOP would get the nomination would be decided in the August primary.

The following statement has been provided by the Lewis campaign:

My name is Candye Lewis and I’m proud to announce I’m running to be your next Gulf County tax collector this upcoming election November 2024. My slogan “Experience Matters” is why I know I am the right candidate for this position.

I have been employed at the tax collector’s office for over 23 years. I am currently the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Drivers License supervisor. I had the opportunity to attend classes to become certified as a tax collector assistant by the Florida Department of Revenue.

I am in direct communication with the tax collector and work closely with other personnel to assist in the daily operations of the office. I am customer focused and understand the importance of providing excellent customer service to you, your families and businesses. 

My top priorities will be innovation, convenience, and accessibility to our services. I will strive to make it as easy as possible to do business with the tax collector’s office while ensuring fiscal accountability. 

I humbly ask for your vote and support. Remember “experience matters” and so does your vote.

Each candidate for elected office in Gulf County is provided with the opportunity to run one announcement of their campaign in The Star free of cost. These announcements are submitted by the candidates’ campaigns and must be submitted in advance of qualifying week, June 10 through 14.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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