ORLANDO, Fla. – The polls closed in Orange County at 7 p.m. Tuesday for local races in two cities.
Voters in Ocoee will decide on a mayor and two city commission seats, while in Maitland voters are deciding on a council seat and some charter amendments.
Voter turnout was low for the two elections, according to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections website — with nearly 11% turnout in Maitland and just over 14% in Ocoee.
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Nearly 62% of voters chose Lindsay Hall Harrison for seat 4 on the Maitland City Council on Tuesday.
Harrison ran against Dale McDonald for the seat. Council members serve two three-year terms in office.
Voters also decided on five charter amendment questions.
- Question 1 asks voters whether the city’s vice mayor should complete a mayor’s term in office if the mayor leaves their seat for some reason. Voters voted Yes on the proposal by more than 79%.
- Question 2 asks whether a printed copy of the city code should only be available at the city clerk’s office, eliminating the need to have a printed copy available at other public places. Voters voted Yes on the proposal by more than 66%.
- Question 3 eliminates run-off elections in the city, making it so that the candidate with the highest number of votes for an office is elected. Voters voted No on the proposal by more than 63%
- Question 4 would clarify procedures to qualify for office in the city, including the adoption of a candidate oath form. Voters voted Yes on the proposal by more than 73%.
- Question 5 makes all references in the city charter gender-neutral. Voters voted Yes on the proposal by more than 52%.
You can read the questions in English and in Spanish via the Sample Ballot on the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office site.
Voting locations and information is available on the city of Maitland website.
More than 60% of voters in Ocoee chose to reelect Rusty Johnson to another term in office on Tuesday. He’s been mayor since 2019.
His challengers were Chris Adkins and George Oliver III, the latter of whom is currently the district 4 city commissioner.
More than 63% of voters in district 1 voted for Scott Kennedy to fill the district’s open seat. He ran against Hope Bellamy.
More than 76% of voters in district 3 voted for Richard Firstner to fill the district’s open seat. He ran against Shante Munns.
The winners will serve four-year terms in office.
To see more information on these races, including polling locations, head to the Ocoee website.
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