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St. Johns County Commission, District 1

Roland out for himself in County Commission race

By EMILY MORROW
emily.morrow@staugustine.com
July 1, 2012
Copyright 2012 St. Augustine Record

Merrill Roland, a registered Republican, is running as an independent candidate on the November ballot against the winner of the Cyndi Stevenson-Brian Iannucci primary for the County Commission's District 1 seat.

Because of his candidacy, the Stevenson-Iannucci primary will only be open to Republicans, excluding about 70,000 St. Johns County residents from voting.

Roland doesn't see that as a problem. He's just looking out for himself.

One of the main reasons he's running without a party affiliation is financial - candidates unaffiliated with a party receive a $1,300 discount on the filing fee. This year, that fee for County Commission candidates was about $3,870, according to the St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections website.

Finances aside, Roland said the decision just made sense. He has a guarantee that one of the Republican candidates does not - his name will be on the ballot in November.

"I don't have to run the whole 5K," he said. "I just have to stand by the finish line and wait for my opponent to stop running."

Roland is running on a platform protesting tax increases and promoting measures that will increase tourism.

Stevenson, the current commissioner, is a certified public accountant. Iannucci is a businessman and chair of the business department at Everest University in Jacksonville. Both candidates live in northwestern St. Johns County.
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