The first candidate has pre-filed to run for the upcoming vacancy on the Board of County Commission seat in District 4 currently held by Sara Comander.

Comander announced last month that she would not run for re-election for the seat she has held for 12 years. She is a resident of DeFuniak Springs.

The first to jump in and declare his candidacy for her seat is Freeport resident Trey Nick. Nick's family owns Nick's Seafood Restaurant in Basin Bayou.

Nick told The Sun that his reason for filing to run is that he wants to be involved in his county, although he declined to discuss what issues he would like to see changed.

"I don't want to discuss that right now," he said.

Nick has lived in Walton County since age 4 and said he currently lives in the Portland community but is getting ready to move to Choctaw Beach.

Walton County Supervisor of Elections Bobby Beasley told The Sun that Nick's address is public record and he lists his address as 1162 Woodlawn Road in Freeport, just northeast of State Road 20 and Nick's Seafood, which is in County Commission District 1.

Beasley said filing to run for and represent District 4 when a person actually lives in District 1 is not illegal. However, if he were to be elected, Nick must live in the district he ran to represent at the time the general election is certified. That would be District 4.

Nick told The Sun that he is getting ready to move to Choctaw Beach, which is located west of the restaurant.

"Others will surely come out as well," said Comander. "I am waiting to see who all comes out and of them who is the most qualified."

This year's General Election will be Nov. 6 and County Commissioners will be sworn in on Nov. 20.