At a March of 2017 City Council meeting, Commissioner Diane Velazquez verbally announced her intentions to run for re-election to the Apopka City Commission. It was the beginning of the race for Seat #2. But then over eight months passed, and Velazquez found herself still running in her own lane unopposed.

Finally, on December 1st, two candidates joined Velazquez in the race and filed to run in the Seat #2 election – Leroy Bell and Alicia Koutsoulieris.

Velazquez won Seat #2 in 2014, defeating incumbent Marilyn Ustler-McQueen with over 55% of the vote. She has high name recognition and is likely to be well-financed. Bell and Koutsoulieris are first-time candidates in Apopka and will have an uphill climb to defeat Velazquez. On the other hand, six straight challenged incumbents have lost in Apopka Municipal elections dating back to 2012. Retiring Commissioner Billie Dean was the last incumbent to defend his Seat (#1) way back in 2010.

So do Bell or Koutsoulieris have a chance against Velazquez? Well, there’s one way to find out.

 The Apopka Voice has promised to keep the readers and voters of Apopka informed on this historic election, and this is the first step.

Where does the race for Seat #2 stand?

Tomorrow at noon, we will publish an online poll of our readers that will ask one question:

If the election for Apopka City Commission Seat #2 were held today, who would you vote for?

  • Leroy Bell
  • Alicia Koutsoulieris
  • Diane Velazquez

The poll will close at noon on Monday, December 18th, at which time we will publish its results.

This is not a scientific poll. The margin of error is unknown, but it should reflect a snapshot of where our readers stand with these three candidates at the beginning of their campaigns, but with less than three months to go before Election Day.

So tomorrow at noon, vote for the Seat #2 candidate you think will best lead Apopka into its promising future.


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