Can you believe it’s election season already?

It’s official. The field for the 2020 Apopka municipal elections is set. Four candidates have emerged and qualified to run for Seat #3 and Seat #4 on the City Commission. Commissioners Doug Bankson and Kyle Becker are primed and ready to defend their seats on City Council. However, challengers Leroy Bell and Lorena Potter stand in their way.

Bankson won Seat #3 in 2016, defeating incumbent Sam Ruth with over 56% of the vote. He is challenged by Bell, who is running for the second time after a third-place showing in 2016 for Seat #2, currently occupied by Commissioner Alice Nolan.

Becker won Seat #4 in 2016, defeating longtime incumbent Bill Arrowsmith with over 55% of the vote. Potter, a retired City of Apopka employee, is taking him on and running in her first election.

Both Bankson and Becker enter the race with strong name recognition and are likely to be well-funded in their campaigns. However, six straight challenged incumbents have lost in Apopka municipal elections dating back to 2012, including two in the very last cycle – 2018. Retired Commissioner Billie Dean was the last incumbent to defend his Seat (#1) way back in 2010.

Can Bell and Potter keep the non-incumbent trend going? Will Bankson and Becker successfully navigate re-election? Who are the favorites at the start of this race?

There’s one way to find out.

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

Where does the race for Seat #3 and #4 stand?

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

If the election for Apopka City Commission Seat #3 was held today, who would you vote for?

  • Doug Bankson
  • Leroy Bell


If the election for Apopka City Commission Seat #4 was held today, who would you vote for?

  • Kyle Becker
  • Lorena Potter

The poll will close at noon on Monday, December 23rd, at which time we will publish its results.

This is not a scientific poll. The margin of error is unknown, but it will reflect a snapshot of where The Apopka Voice readers stand with these four candidates at the beginning of their campaigns, but with less than three months to go before Election Day. And in both the 2016 and 2018 elections, these polls did prove accurate.

So tomorrow at noon, show the community you have 2020 vision and vote for the candidates you think will best lead Apopka into its promising future.


  1. I have gotten burnt- out on politics, after watching the impeachment proceedings on tv, but now that Trump has been officially impeached by the House, I feel just like that lady on the tv commercial that shouts, ” I love it, I love it, I love it”, when she sees the new Buick car that James has given to himself as a gift…..yes, I love it, I love it, I love it, that Trump has been impeached! And now I see that the evangelists have turned on him too, (Christian Today)…..thankful, for those who realize what a despicable person he is, and the fact that he abused his power, and obstructed justice, among a long list of other wrongs! Putin’s puppet! I watched everything, all the Democrats remarks, and the Republicans comments, and all the drama that some of those Congress people brought to the impeachment, but I think the one Republican who really, really irked me the most, was the one who stated during his talk, was that the Democrats are trying to impeach our president on rumors…..OMG, I don’t remember his name, but that man was a joke and a half! Man, was Trump’s face a bright red at that rally, not even the orange colored concealer makeup cover that up!!! LOL

  2. Apopka City Council candidates…..I sure hope the Russians don’t interfere with your election votes, but this is Flori-duh, and now that Trump is residing here in Florida, well, you never know…..we got a Russian ship off our east coast right now, very close by……..!!!….and Ivanka has a Chinese patent to start getting her voting machines ready to sell and use….LOL

  3. I have to give it to Ms. Nancy Pelosi, she is one smart, shrewd, powerful woman! Even I couldn’t have predicted her plan to leave Trump hanging in limbo, going crazy….LOL It isn’t fear, or cold feet, the woman is obviously one smart woman, and taking her time to figure out her next move, and she looked so powerful in that black outfit, with that “mast of the republic” pin on!

  4. Correction: Mace of the republic pin. I really thought it was mast, but I was incorrect. Sorry. I hadn’t heard of that kind of a pin before.


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