One incumbent and a political newcomer win the people's vote
By Jessica Creagan
VERO BEACH -- Voters in Vero Beach re-elected one incumbent and replaced another with a political newcomer to the city council.
Dick Winger will continue to serve on the Vero Beach City Council for another two-year term and he will be joined on the dais by Amelia Graves in her first foray into politics.
Mr. Winger received 35.99 percent of the vote in the Nov. 5 election, equaling 2,044 votes. Of all four candidates in the race, Mr. Winger earned the most votes.
Ms. Graves received 28.71 percent of the vote, or a total 1,631votes. Those votes gained her a victory over incumbent and Vice Mayor Tracy Carroll and other challengers, Brian Heady, a former city councilman, and Joseph "Buzzie" Guffanti, another newcomer to the political scene.
A fifth candidate, Warren Winchester, a previous mayor and member of the city council, had been in the race, but withdrew prior to Election Day due to health concerns.
Mrs. Carroll received 961 votes, or 16.92 percent; Mr. Heady received 747 votes, or 13.15 percent and Mr. Guffanti received 207, or 3.64 percent of the vote.
About 20 percent of registered voters in the precincts with elections came out on election day or sent in their vote by absentee ballot in the county, said a report from the Supervisor of Elections.
Besides Vero Beach, the only other municipality to have an election was Sebastian.
For more information about the election results, visit www.voteindianriver.com.