2 candidates win seats on Ocala city council, 2 races end with a second round

OCALA, Florida – Four seats on the Ocala city council were up for grabs in Tuesday’s elections.

Two candidates have won seats on Ocala City Council, two races will end on November 2.

The results must be certified by a canvassing commission.

Ward 1

Barry Mansfield will represent District 1 on Ocala City Council.

Mansfield received 4,779 votes and Brent Malever received 4,395 votes.

Mansfield said he did not want further taxes at Ocala. He wants to create better paying jobs in the city and improve municipal services for residents.

Ward 3

The race for District 3 headquarters will end with a second round as no candidate will have obtained more than 50% of the votes.

Russell “Rusty” Juergens received 2,443 votes, Jay A. Musleh received 3,981 votes and Ty Schlichter received 2,788 votes. Musleh and Schlichter will be on the November 2 ballot.

Musleh has been a District 3 city councilor since 2012. Schlichter wants to manage growth in Ocala, support first responders, improve the city’s appearance, and tackle the homelessness issue in Ocala.

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Ward 5

James P. Hilty will represent District 5 on Ocala City Council.

Hilty received 4,503 votes and Greg Steen received 4,377 votes.

Hilty wants to improve Ocala’s downtown parking, find solutions to the homelessness problem, and improve the city’s electricity and utility problems.

Ward 4

The race for District 4 headquarters will end with a second round as no candidate will have obtained more than 50% of the vote.

Kristen M. Dreyer received 2,822 votes, Alexander R. Everts 332 votes, Barbara Fitos 2,212 votes, Lori Martin Gregory 2,443 votes, Curtis Jones 736 votes and Kevin Lopez 574 votes.

Dreyer and Martin Gregory will vote on November 2.

Dreyer wants to focus on economic development in Ocala and support the city’s first responders. Martin Gregory said she wanted to stop over-regulation and warrants. She adds that she wants to make every neighborhood safer and support local law enforcement.

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