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    Countywide, multicounty races, two Port Authority seats decided without opposition

    By Dave Berman and J.D. Gallop, Florida Today,

    2024-06-17

    Two countywide officials and two Canaveral Port Authority commissioners have been reelected without opposition, as the candidate qualifying period for their offices ended Friday.

    In an earlier candidate qualifying period, the races for two multicounty offices also were decided without a single ballot being cast. William Scheiner, the candidate for Brevard-Seminole state attorney, and Blaise Trettis, incumbent Brevard-Seminole public defender, did not have any opponents by the time the qualifying period ended April 26.

    All six candidates who won unopposed races are Republicans.

    Here are the details:

    Property appraiser

    Brevard County Property Appraiser Dana Blickley will serve a fourth four-year term in that position, which pays $184,356 a year.

    Blickley also was reelected without opposition in 2016 and 2020. She was first elected in 2012, defeating two other Republican candidates in a GOP primary, then a Democrat in the general election.

    As the qualifying deadline passed without an opponent, Blickley said she appreciated the "vote of confidence" in being reelected, and cited "the entire Brevard County Property Appraiser Office team for allowing me to lead such an amazing group of people."

    Clerk of the Circuit Court/comptroller

    Rachel Sadoff, Brevard's clerk of the Circuit Court and comptroller, also drew no opposition for her countywide office.

    She was first elected to the post in 2020, also without opposition. She succeeded Scott Elis, who did not seek reelection.

    After securing another term on Friday, Sadoff said she wanted "to thank all who have supported me and the team members of the Clerk of Court and Comptroller's Office. It is absolutely my pleasure and honor to serve the citizens of Brevard County. I welcome another term as your clerk of court and comptroller, and will continue to bring efficiency, accuracy and transparency to the Space Coast."

    The position has a four-year term and an annual salary of $184,356.

    Public defender

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    Trettis was first elected as public defender in 2012, when he won a Republican primary, then was unopposed in the general election. He was unopposed in 2016 and 2020. With no opposition this year, he wins another four-year term.

    Before the 2012 election, Trettis worked as an assistant public defender.

    The position has an annual salary of $212,562.

    State attorney

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    This is Scheiner’s first election. The incumbent state attorney, Phil Archer, is not seeking reelection this year.

    Scheiner started his position as chief trial attorney for the Brevard County office last year. His LinkedIn account shows that he served in the state attorney’s office as an assistant state attorney for 16 years, and was hired on by then-State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.

    Scheiner initially had an opponent, former Assistant State Attorney Christopher Cusmano. But Cusmano dropped the race because of his service with the U.S. Army Reserve.

    Scheiner is the only non-incumbent state attorney candidate in Florida to win without opposition this year.

    The position has a four-year term and an annual salary of $212,562.

    Canaveral Port Authority

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    Two Canaveral Port Authority commissioners were reelected to the five-member board without opposition — Micah Loyd in District 2 and Kevin Markey in District 4. All five port commissioners are Republicans.

    The position has a four-year term and an annual salary of $11,047.

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    Loyd was first elected to the Port Authority in 2016 and was reelected in 2020. He is a certified general contractor and owner of Titusville-based Loyd Contracting.

    Markey, an attorney, was first elected to the Port Authority in 2020.

    The District 1, District 3 and District 5 seats will be up for election in 2026.

    Dave Berman is business editor at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Berman at dberman@floridatoday.com , on X at @bydaveberman and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dave.berman.54

    J.D. Gallop is a criminal justice/breaking news reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Gallop at 321-917-4641 or jgallop@floridatoday.com . On X: @JDGallop.

    This article originally appeared on Florida Today: Countywide, multicounty races, two Port Authority seats decided without opposition

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