is getting to this update a little late, because sometimes life happens, but that doesn’t diminish the results of Tuesday night’s local elections across Central Florida.
, who was elected as Apopka mayor in 2014 after ending John Land’s 43-year run, was defeated for re-election by Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson
. Coincidentally, Nelson is a relative of Land’s through marriage.
Meanwhile, Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary
went all the way yet again, handily taking down challenger Jim Fitch
. And George Oliver III
also became the first African-American to be elected to a seat on the Ocoee City Commission. (Here's a little background
on why that's extra significant.)
But, circling back, Tuesday’s results didn’t settle everything for Apopka voters. A runoff election is set for next month because none of the candidates vying for two seats on City Council won a majority of votes in the four-person contests for either respective seat.
The Seat 1 race will take place between Suzanne Kidd and Alexander Smith, both of whom are hoping to replace Billie Dean – the only African-American commissioner, who’s calling it quits after 24 years on the City Council.
The Seat 2 race will see a face-off between incumbent Diane Velazquez, a retired police detective, and Alice Nolan, an administrative assistant for Catholic Charities.
The runoff will reportedly
be held on April 10.
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