Municipal Elections

2021
March 9 Municipal Elections: Voters turn out big to send incumbents back to office

March 9 Municipal Elections: Voters turn out big to send incumbents back to office

All the results from the races in Ocoee, Windermere and Winter Garden. Plus: we have reaction from the re-elected and the newly elected!

Turnout is low but vote-by-mail is hugely popular in early voting ahead of Tuesday's election

Turnout is low but vote-by-mail is hugely popular in early voting ahead of Tuesday's election

Early voting results show the big winner in the March 9 election is vote-by-mail

'Everyday guy' Keith Richardson seeks to give back to Ocoee, citing traffic and firefighter retention as top issues

'Everyday guy' Keith Richardson seeks to give back to Ocoee, citing traffic and firefighter retention as top issues

Richardson — who said he’s in the race because he wants to give back to Ocoee, which “has been very good to me” — cited road infrastructure and firefighter retention as major issues for the city.

Bill Martini seeks reelection to Windermere Town Council to continue work on major projects

Bill Martini seeks reelection to Windermere Town Council to continue work on major projects

Seeking reelection, Martini said he has no personal agenda except to represent Windermere residents.

Michael Hargreaves highlights traffic and maintaining Windermere's quaintness in Town Council race

Michael Hargreaves highlights traffic and maintaining Windermere's quaintness in Town Council race

Hargreaves, who owns a security business, highlighted traffic as a top issue as well as maintaining the dirt roads and quaintness of Windermere as did the other candidates. He also wanted to look into alleged voting irregularities.

He struck out at the county and state levels. Now Bobby O is back to re-claim the District 3 city commission seat he resigned in his quest for higher office

He struck out at the county and state levels. Now Bobby O is back to re-claim the District 3 city commission seat he resigned in his quest for higher office

Winter Garden's retail politician talks East Winter Garden, public safety, good ol' boy politics and whether he's in it for keeps this time around or just laying the foundation for a much bigger run.

Mom. Nurse. Elementary school teacher. The ultimate caretaker, now Lori Hart is running to take care of District 4

Mom. Nurse. Elementary school teacher. The ultimate caretaker, now Lori Hart is running to take care of District 4

The "EveryMom" candidate on Ocoee's biggest issues, her plans for a vaccine site, and that rumor that Mayor Rusty Johnson urged her to run to split the Black vote.

Seeking her 5th term as District 2 commissioner, Rosemary Wilsen brings a social worker's acumen to city government

Seeking her 5th term as District 2 commissioner, Rosemary Wilsen brings a social worker's acumen to city government

A true devotee of local government — Wilsen used to attend budget meetings before getting elected — the commissioner Zoomed in to chat about Ocoee's parks, the downtown project and keeping 18-wheelers out of residential areas.

Will Iliana Ramos Jones become the first Latina to represent a district in Winter Garden?

Will Iliana Ramos Jones become the first Latina to represent a district in Winter Garden?

Running for the open seat in District 2, the construction company CFO talks about her campaign, bringing more Hispanics to the decision-making table, and why she didn't show up to that Orlando Sentinel interview with her opponent.

In a tough race, Commissioner Mark Maciel takes the high road

In a tough race, Commissioner Mark Maciel takes the high road

Voted into the District 3 seat his opponent vacated to pursue higher office in 2017, Maciel still has things he wants to do — like annexing pockets of unincorporated Winter Garden into the city and ensuring the Dillard Street revitalization project goes well. But first, he'd like to correct a few things you may have heard.

Joel Keller feels perfectly fine and he'd like his job back, please

Joel Keller feels perfectly fine and he'd like his job back, please

The former commissioner fought cancer — and won. Now he's ready to return to fighting for the citizens of District 4. We talk zip codes, moving the police firing range, improving morale at the fire department, and why he spends his vacations working for the people of Ocoee.

City budget audit proves most divisive issue among Ocoee commission candidates in otherwise friendly political forum

City budget audit proves most divisive issue among Ocoee commission candidates in otherwise friendly political forum

Ocoee City Commission candidates for Districts 2 and 4 grappled with the question of whether the city should be independently audited. It was the biggest sticking point during Monday’s forum where they differed little in their opinions about the city’s needs, growth and direction.