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Deadline to register to vote fast approaching for March elections in Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden

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Dibya Sarkar

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

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With several seats up for grabs in Ocoee, Windermere and Winter Garden, residents there have less than two weeks to register to vote in the upcoming March 9 municipal elections. The deadline to register is Feb. 8.

Eligible residents can double check their residency and eligibility -- as well as request a vote-by-mail ballot -- with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office. They can also vote early from March 1-5 at the county election office, which is located at 119 West Kaley Street, near downtown Orlando. It is the only location where they can vote early.

In Ocoee, two seats out of the five-member city commission are being contested. In District 2, incumbent Rosemary Wilsen is being challenged by Knox Anderson. In District 4, incumbent George Oliver III will face Lori Hart, Joel F. Keller and Keith Richardson. The deadline to qualify to run in the race ended Jan. 22.

In Windermere, Mandy David, Anthony Davit and Mike Hargreaves will seek to oust Council Member Bill Martini who’s in his first term on the five-member town council. Residents there will have a chance to become more familiar with the candidates at a scheduled Feb. 10 Zoom meeting (join here) that will be co-hosted by West Orange Chamber of Commerce President Stina D’Uva, and former Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn. January 8 was the last day to qualify for that race.

City commission seats for districts 2, 3 and 4 will be on the ballot in Winter Garden’s election. The deadline to qualify for the race ended Tuesday. Bob Buchanan is commissioner for District 2, while Mark A. Maciel is commissioner for District 3 and Colin Sharman is District 4’s commissioner. As of Wednesday, Winter Garden hasn’t announced who has qualified to run in those races.

Updated 2/1/2021: The story corrects the West Orange Chamber of Commerce Zoom meeting to Feb. 10, when Windermere candidates for the upcoming election will be introduced.

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