Decision Apopka 2018

Opinion/Analysis

By Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka Voice

A record number of Apopka voters turned-out on Election Day and voted with certainty on who they wanted to lead them.

But what exactly were the voters telling their leaders?

In the course of eight years and four election cycles, Apopka voters have axed six straight incumbents running against a challenger. Apopka voters have destroyed a national trend of incumbents in municipal elections winning between 88% to 93% of the contests they compete in against challengers to their seat. Consequently, Apopka has unofficially gone from a City Council with the most experience in the state, to possibly the least.

So is Apopka simply voting incumbents out of office without other factors? Or are there issues that drove this election in a specific direction?

It could well be that there are core issues that persuaded voters to make another course correction in a post-Land Apopka and not simply a dislike for candidates they voted in favor of the previous term.

It’s a mystery that needs to be solved.

Today, The Apopka Voice will begin the search for answers and not theories on understanding the 2018 election. And what better way than to ask our readers to weigh-in? We’re calling it The Apopka Voice Exit Poll, and it will be an attempt to get to the bottom of what the Apopka voter was thinking when they cast their ballots.

The poll opened Monday at noon and will close today at noon.

To participate in the poll, simply answer the five questions below. Be sure to click the “vote” button after each question, and thanks for taking the time to participate.

12 COMMENTS

  1. You left “character, integrity, and judgement” out of your list of reasons to vote for a candidate. These are more important than any of the others. Lyin’ Bryan has already backed off his promise to cut his salary in half. He’s also hedging on removing the red light cameras. I know he was shamed into eventually keeping his salary promise but makes you wonder what the next con on Apopka voters will be.

    • I agree whole heartedly with you on this. Not sworn in and right away he backed off some of the things he said he would do. He probably won’t do the salary cut as he said he would. Will be interesting to see how he changes that.

  2. APOPKA CITY COUNCIL

    WORDS OF RESPECT, INTEGRITY, SERVICE and EMPATHY (RISE):

    DO NOT DEVELOP AMNESIA ABOUT  CAMPAIGN PROMISES TO THE PEOPLE OF APOPKA SUCH AS FISCAL INTEGRITY, ANNEXING “SOUTH APOPKA”, RED LIGHT CAMERAS;

    DO NOT BE A RUBBER STAMP CITY COUNCIL;

    DEVELOP A STRATEGIC PLAN TO SAFEGUARD CITY RESERVES WHILE PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH;

    EMBRACE “ONE APOPKA” FOR SUSTAINABLE. ECONOMIC GROWTH, QUALITY PROGRAMS/ SERVICES,  AND PUBLIC SAFETY;

    IMPLEMENT A CRA PLAN WITH A CITIZEN’S ADVISORY COUNCIL TO THE CRA BOARD;

    SHOW PROGRESS TO ENSURE THAT CITY HALL REFLECTS
    THE POPULATION OF APOPKA IN MANAGEMENT POSITIONS AND CITY CONTRACTS;

    SUPPORT YOUTH PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT INCLUDE OPTIONS FOR ALL YOUTH WHO SEEK TO PARTICIPATE;

    SUPPORT TWO NAMING PROJECTS: ONE FOR FORMER VICE MAYOR BILLIE DEAN; AND ONE FOR FORMER VICE MAYOR BILL ARROWSMITH;

    SUPPORT A “CITY OF APOPKA WALL OF DIFFERENCE” TO RECOGNIZE CITIZENS SEEKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF APOPKA. THIS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP WILL ONLY ENTAIL A LARGE PLAQUE AND NAME PLATES TO BE LOCATED IN CITY HALL, AND AN ANNUAL RECEPTION;

    FULFILL THE WILLIAMS PARK PROJECT.  THERE ARE LOCAL CONTRACTORS WHO WILL RESPECT THE AMOUNT OF $750,000 FOR A QUALITY BUILDING;

    SUPPORT THE APPOINTMENT OF A REAL AND DIVERSE CITY CHARTER COMMISSION FOR REVIEW OF THE CHARTER;

    USE PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR FAMILY EVENTS;

    ALLOW  CITIZENS WHO SEEK TO VOLUNTEER FOR CITY COMMITTEES THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO;

    HOLD ALL CITY ELECTIONS WITHIN THE CITY OF APOPKA. ONLY 8 PEOPLE DID EARLY VOTING FOR THE RECENT RUN-OFF.

    IN BRIEF, THANKS FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS AND SACRIFICES TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF APOPKA!

  3. Now let’s add some more…..#1 Stop catering to wealthy developers who have boo-cuddles of investors on board, and not give them taxpayer monies ( big $$$$$) for their perk projects, when they send their company men in front of the council to beg for “help”, and tout how it will help the city grow, and bring in business, and just sit back and listen to them, put out their “bait” on the table, and don’t allow them to suck you all in, knowing the real reason they get what they ask for, is their support of you all’s campaign donations…..which turns off the voters!!! Be very leery, new council members……Apopka voters are watching, and we vote.

  4. #4….Treat all areas of Apopka just as importantly, as the 2 big subdivisions of Apopka that gets all the attention.

  5. #5….When you know in your heart, a decision is bad for Apopka, don’t sit there and go along with it and vote for it, just because that is what the mayor wants!

  6. #6….Don’t sit there and lecture your fellow commissioner, that doesn’t agree with your decision, like you are talking to a child acting badly, as it is very disappointing and unbecoming to your own self, not the commissioner you are choosing to “scold” like a child……LOL This is all I have to offer, now you are all on your own, and I look forward to watching the new city council interact together…..don’t let us down!

  7. #7……Oh I almost forgot, don’t go globe-trotting all over the country constantly, at our taxpayer’s expense and tell us that it is “city business” or for the “benefit of our city”…..NOT!

  8. Heard the helicopter hovering about 30 minutes ago, and wondering what is going on? I believe it was up over the 429 and 441 area????? Was it a bad wreck maybe?

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