Commissioners of the Charlotte County Airport Authority are elected in partisan elections, every four years. A commissioner is elected county-wide, but must reside in the district from which he or she is elected. This is the same method as used for the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
The Airport Authority was created in 1963 by Special Legislation of the Florida Legislature. In that enabling legislation, it states that the Airport Authority members shall be elected in the same manner as other county officials. This means that each commissioner is elected in a partisan election, each commissioner must reside in the district he or she will represent, and the elections are held county-wide.
In 1998, the Airport Authority enabling legislation was amended. In that amendment, it repealed all prior versions EXCEPT the original 1963 version stating our method of election. In 2012, due to an inadvertent misinterpretation by the State Attorney General's office, elections were altered and three commissioners were elected in non-partisan races. In 2013, the state legislature reaffirmed that the Charlotte County Airport Authority
elections must be partisan,
commissioners are elected county-wide, and
commissioners must reside in the district they intend to represent.
This means that, in 2016, elections for the Airport Authority commissioners will return to its historic method of election.
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