On Monday morning, Apopka City Commission Seat #1 candidate Suzanne Kidd shocked the Apopka political world by withdrawing from her runoff election with fellow Seat #1 candidate Alexander Smith. Her withdrawal gave the Seat to Commissioner-Elect Smith and sent speculation throughout Apopka about the state of the Seat #2 runoff.
“One week after Apopka’s local elections, conversations and social media comments re: the outcome and the recent unexpected withdrawal by a candidate have dominated the discussion. However, one Seat (#2) remains in the runoff Election set for Tuesday, April 10th.”
“I have 21 years of experience in law enforcement, and I worked under three mayors, and eight police commissioners. A change of administrations is common in public sectors when serving the public. It is my experience and I truly believe in American democracy. A reason why elections are held and voters choose their Representatives. In my first term as Commissioner, I have served All of Apopka with integrity and ongoing effort to engage our residents in the process of governing our City. This election cycle did just that. Apopka voters have chosen Mayor Elect Bryan Nelson to lead our City forward. I personally congratulated him on his win. Each Commissioner elected brings a voice and strength to help build a stronger and growing Apopka, and I will continue to serve the residents of Apopka with integrity; honesty and transparency. Apopka is our family home, too.
On Tuesday, April 10th, I respectfully ask for your continued support & VOTE. Thank you.”
In the Seat #2 general election, Alice Nolan edged Velazquez, but neither candidate was able to achieve the 50%-plus-one standard to gain victory. Nolan received 2,478 votes (39.7%), while Velazquez received 2,340 votes (37.49%). In third place was Leroy Bell with 1,206 votes (19.32%), and Alicia Koutsoulieris received 218 (3.49%).
Nolan was looking ahead to next month’s runoff when she commented last week.
Election Day is Tuesday, April 10th at the VFW/Apopka Community Center, and the Northwest Recreation Facility from 7 am to 7 pm.