The official results are in and all three City of Orlando commissioners will stay in office for another term – four more years. Commissioners Jim Gray and Regina I. Hill handedly beat their opponents in the Nov. 2 City of Orlando Election, while Commissioner Robert F. Stuart squeaked by his challenger Nicolette Fariello Springer. As predicted by some, the city election results revealed low voter turnout: Of the 96,068 registered voters in districts 1, 3 and 5, only 12,600 or 13.12% actually cast ballots, based on information obtained from the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office.
The commissioners’ new term will begin on Jan. 10, 2022.
Here are some details about the city’s election results:
- In District 1, Gray got slightly more than 62% of the votes cast while Sunshine L. Grund came in second with close to 23% of the votes and Bill Moore came in third with close to 15% of the votes. There are 40,712 eligible voters in the district; About 3,400 actually voted.
- In the close District 3 race, Stuart barely beat Springer, getting nearly 51% of the votes cast. Springer got just over 44% of the votes and the other candidate, Samuel Chambers, got just over 5% of the votes. Just to show you that all voters matter: Stuart had 3,539 votes and Springer had 3,073 votes. It was that close! There are 32,796 eligible voters in the district; Close to 7,000 voted.
- In District 5, Hill beat Shaniqua “Shan” Rose to win a third term on the city commission, getting just over 73% of the votes cast, while Rose got nearly 27% of the votes. There are 22,560 eligible voters in the district; About 2,200 actually voted.
If you have any questions or concerns about the election or the results, contact the City Clerk’s office or the county elections office: City Clerk, (407) 246-2251/ Orange County Supervisor of Elections, (407) 836-2070.
Orlando Community News, 2021