SANTA ROSA BEACH — Kriss Faulk has pre-filed to run for the Mosquito Control District seat formerly held by her husband, Ronnie Faulk.
On Monday, Faulk filed with the Walton County Supervisor of Election documents, declaring her intention to appear on the ballot for Seat 3, South Walton County Mosquito Control District.
Her husband, Ronnie Faulk, had previously held the commission seat on the three-member governing panel for the district since his own election in 2014. Ronnie Faulk had recently declared his own intention to run for re-election and submitted more than enough petitions from area voters to be placed on the ballot. On April 2, 2018, however, Ronnie Faulk passed away unexpectedly from a recent surgery complication.
“Ronnie was excited about running for re-election,” Faulk said. “He said his election campaign had been about the changes he wanted to make and about the promises he made to voters of what he would do if elected.
“Ronnie carried a list in his front pocket listing each of the promises for change and progress he made during the campaign,” Faulk continued, “and he worked long and hard on them."
By pre-qualifying with the Supervisor of Elections office, Faulk can begin organizing her campaign, is authorized to open a campaign bank account, may begin accepting contributions and placing advertisements explaining the reason she is running for the seat and the goals she will set once elected.
“Ronnie was both excited and committed to his work with the Mosquito Control District," she said. "His excitement was contagious. I’ve lost count of the hours spent at our kitchen table discussing the district’s issues, his ideas to help the district run smoothly and the progress he and the other commissioners had made.”
Election to the Mosquito Control District board is non-partisan, meaning all voters within its boundaries will be guaranteed to vote in the race. The district is comprised of the four precincts lying south of Choctawhatchee Bay and the Intercoastal Waterway. Election to the commission is for a four-year term and will appear on the general election ballot on November 6, 2018.