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Sebastian, Fellsmere each have newcomer on council
Rating: 3.5 / 5 (24 votes)  
Posted: 2012 Nov 16 - 06:46



By Jessica Tuggle




INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Fresh perspectives will soon grace the respective dais chairs of the Fellsmere and Sebastian city councils after voters chose one new political newcomer apiece.

In Sebastian, Jerome Adams will take the seat vacated by Richard Gillmor.

Mr. Adams, a supervisor in the information technology department for St. Lucie County, won 24.64 percent of the vote, beating fellow political newcomer, Tim Slaven, who earned 19.53 percent of the vote and returning candidate Damien Gilliams, who got 17.97 percent of the vote.

Current Sebastian Mayor Jim Hill also received voters' approval to another term on city council. Mayor Hill received 37.84 percent of the vote.

Mr. Hill said he was pleased with the results of the election and is very interested in getting to work soon.

"I'd like to start working on talking with the business community," Mr. Adams said.

On the campaign trail, he would often hear that it is at times difficult for business owners in Sebastian to get noticed and he wants to speak with them about how council can help meet their needs and help them succeed.

Voters in Fellsmere chose to renew the terms of two incumbents and elected Jessica Salgado to her first political seat.

Incumbent Fernando R. Herrera was the top vote-getter with 29.8 percent of the vote, and Ms. Salgado received 28.62 percent.

The third seat up for election was retained by incumbent Joel Tyson, who garnered 24.7 percent of the vote. Michael E. Barone, the fourth candidate in the race and a former city councilmember, received 16.86 percent of the vote.

A recent graduate of Indian River State College, Ms. Salgado, 21, is the youngest person to be elected to Fellsmere City Council, city staff said.

"First of all, I need to see the projects that they are getting ready to work on or already working on, and then I will see what else I can do," Ms. Salgado said.

Once the election is over, the city councils, including new members, get together for an organizational meeting and vote among themselves to choose who will be mayor.

Sebastian's meeting was on Nov. 14, and Fellsmere's meeting date was scheduled for Nov. 15. Results from those meetings were 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 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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