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DeBary holds special election after mayor ousted

Clint Johnson suing city

DeBARY, Fla. – DeBary citizens are hitting the restart button five months after Mayor Clint Johnson was ousted.

A special election is being held Tuesday after the City Council voted last August, saying that Johnson violated eight counts of the city charter and called for other city leaders to be fired. 

The City Council also said Johnson's Twitter use was disparaging.

Resident Bill Mielke agreed.

"I thought he was too young and irresponsible for the position," Mielke said.

Former Mayor Bob Garcia and citizens David Walstrom and Robert Knott are vying for the position.

The winner must receive 50 percent of the votes plus one to win mayoral term, which runs through December 31, 2018.

If that threshold isn't met, a general election will be held in March.

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The position could be even more short-lived, however, because Johnson is suing the city and seeking a reversal, citing free speech. The lawsuit is pending. If it is reversed, Johnson would resume his duties as mayor.