Villagers will have their first chance to run for seats on Fruitland Park Commission

For the first time ever, Villagers will have a chance to serve on the Fruitland Park  Commission.

The qualifying period for those wishing to run for seats in Districts 1 and 2, which encompasses The Villages’ portion of Fruitland Park, begins Monday, June 18 at noon and ends at noon Friday, June 22.

Applications to qualify as candidates for both districts can be picked up and returned at the city clerk’s office in City Hall, located at 506 West Berckman St.

A primary election will be held Aug. 28, if one is necessary, followed by a general election Nov. 6. The newly elected commissioners will serve four-year terms and will fill the seats currently held by Rick Ranize and Ray Lewis, who were elected in November 2014 at the same time voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to divide the city into five districts.

The upcoming election marks the first time Villagers will have the opportunity to represent two commission districts.

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