There’s no presidential election in 2022, but the midterm elections, including the Florida governor’s race, draw a sizable voter turnout in the Florida Keys, says Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Joyce Griffin.

Campaign events are appearing on calendars, and the nonprofit, nonpartisan Hometown! organization will host its first Call for Candidates event at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 7 at Salute on the Beach restaurant in Key West.

Key West City Commissioner Mary Lou Hoover, who is thus far unopposed in her reelection bid for the city’s District V seat, hosted a well-attended Meet the Candidate event on Feb. 24 at the Casa Marina Resort.

Happy hour attendees included several prominent business owners, attorneys, philanthropists and activists, as well as Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg and Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay.

Hoover was elected in 2018 to her first four-year term, and said she wants to see some ongoing initiatives through to fruition. Key West’s city commissioners serve four-year terms, while the mayor is elected every two years.

Key West’s District V stretches from the Casa Marina neighborhood and the southern blocks of White Street in Old Town to the largely residential neighborhoods around Duncan, Leon and Ashby streets, as well as parts of Patterson, Harris and Fogarty avenues. The district also includes North Roosevelt Boulevard businesses from George Street to 7th Street. 

The Key West city commission and mayoral races are nonpartisan. Only residents of the voting districts may vote for their commissioner, but all Key West voters elect the mayor.

For detailed information about political races, election dates, voter registration and campaign finances, visit the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections office at keyselections.org.

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.