SEBASTIAN – A Sebastian resident has filed for the November Sebastian municipal election.
Amber Miller has filed as a candidate for the race, naming herself as the campaign treasurer.
“I’ve always said I wanted to run,” 31-year-old Miller said, and by filing now, she will.
For eight years, she has called Sebastian home after moving from the Fort Worth, Texas, area.
“I really, really like to walk along the river and watch the dolphins play,” she said, adding that there aren’t many places where residents can do that.
“I want to be new blood” on the City Council, Miller said.
She explained that she feels young families need to be more involved and have more representation in the local government.
Miller is a physical therapist and former teacher, as well as a mother to 6-month-old Hank and the stepmother of two grown children.
The official, Sebastian City Charter mandated qualifying period for the election runs from Aug. 25 through Sept. 9. Miller has pre-qualified and is now able to solicit campaign contributions.
“She can start campaigning,” City Clerk Sally Maio said.
Under Florida law, candidates are allowed to pre-qualify as early as two years before the election.
Maio said it is not uncommon for candidates to pre-qualify so early, explaining that when the City of Sebastian moved to November elections a few years ago, candidates would pre-qualify as early as January.
The earliest a candidate pre-qualified was in January 2008 for the November 2008 election, according to Maio.