AVON PARK - Mayor Sharon Schuler said Friday that she will run for reelection as mayor of the City of Avon Park.
"The city is focused; we don't need to go backwards," she said. "We will keep moving forward on everything we are doing; I still like being a part of that."
A week ago Schuler had not yet made up her mind about a reelection bid.
She has served 18 years in office, as a council member or mayor, and is currently serving in her seventh year as mayor.
Before being elected to two three-year mayoral terms, she succeeded former mayor Tom Macklin after he resigned with about one year remaining in his term.
Councilman Parke Sutherland said he will seek a second term on the city council.
"It has been an interesting two and a half years and I hope that if I am reelected we are able to continue the same path of conservative, fiscally-responsible government," he said.
He seeks to further the city's objectives of expanding its boundaries, expanding its utility services and continuing to support a business-friendly environment, he said.
"That has been the focus of the majority of the council," Sutherland said. "I think we have done a great job of that thus far and I would like to keep that trend going."
The qualifying period for the candidates for mayor and one city council seat will begin at 8 a.m., Monday and end at 5 p.m., Aug. 9.
To qualify for the Nov. 5 election, the candidate must have resided within the city limits for the past six months, be a legally qualified voter for the City of Avon Park and be current in all payments to the city.
Qualifying may be done at the city clerk's office in the Avon Park City Hall, 110 E. Main St. during the qualifying period 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The City of Avon Park reports that voter registration books will remain open until Oct. 7.
Questions about voter registration and absentee ballots should be directed to the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Office at 863-402-6655.