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Incumbents retain council seats
Rating: 2.89 / 5 (44 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Nov 16 - 06:44



By Jessica Tuggle




VERO BEACH - Vero Beach voters elected to stay on the same path with their city council members this year.

All three incumbents up for election, Mayor Pilar Turner, Vice Mayor Craig Fletcher and Councilman Jay Kramer were re-elected by voters from a field of seven candidates.

Vice Mayor Fletcher was the top vote getter by a small margin, 19.56 percent of the vote to Mayor Turner's 19.34 percent of the vote, a difference of 38 votes.

Mr. Kramer came in third for total votes, earning 18.81 percent of the vote.

Former city councilman Brian Heady finished fourth with 15.13 percent of the vote, followed by Dan Stump with 11.92 percent, Nick Thomas with 9.5 percent and Karen Kozdra with 5.71 percent.

Once the election is over, the city council gets together for an organizational meeting and vote among themselves to choose the mayor.

Results from that meeting on Nov. 13 was not available at press time.

In other election news, the seat by Gary Wheeler on the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners will be filled by Tim Zorc.

Mr. Zorc received 57.05 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Tony Donadio, earned 42.94 percent of the vote.

Mr. Zorc has already looked ahead at items he wants to bring to the forefront early in his term.

For the Nov. 20 meeting, he plans to talk about economic competitiveness and lagoon health.

He is hopeful that county staff will work with him to compare Indian River County to other similar counties in Florida that have seen success in economic development and job creation.

"It's what we can do to help existing businesses and recruit more to Indian River County," Mr. Zorc said.

He will also propose a workshop with experts on the Indian River Lagoon to discuss what can be done to address the water quality and marine health of the Treasure Coast gem.

"I need to understand it better myself. They can paint a picture of the restoration and recovery, but it won't happen overnight," Mr. Zorc said.

Tax collector Carole Jean Jordan beat her challenger, Barry Barnard by a resounding margin.

Ms. Jordan received 76.69 percent of the vote to Mr. Barnard's 23.3 percent.

David Foster will retain his seat on the Indian River Mosquito Control District, overcoming a close race with two challengers.

Mr. Foster earned 43.48 percent, while challenger Charlie Sembler II received 41.07 percent and Thomas J. Lureau received 15.44 percent.

His fellow commissioner on the mosquito control district board, Janice Broda, also retained her seat with 66.83 percent of the vote beating her challenger, Scott Stradley, who earned 33.16 percent of the vote.

The following races were not based on Indian River County votes alone, but these are the results in Indian River County.

For Sebastian Inlet Tax District, Michael Rowland beat incumbent Jeannette Westlake.

Mr. Rowland received 52.75 percent of the vote to Ms. Westlake's 47.24 percent.

For state senate District 8, Thad Altman, a Republican, beat Dominic Fallo II, a Democrat, with a voter breakdown of 62.59 percent to 37.4 percent.

For state senate District 32, Joe Negron, a Republican, beat Ray D'Amiano, a Democrat, with a vote breakdown of 64.72 percent to 35.27 percent.

For a complete list of Indian River County election results, visit www.voteindianriver.com.

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