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Apopka's Biggest stories of 2016: City Commission Seats #3 and #4 go to runoffs


Arrowsmith and Bankson win the night, but are unable to get to 50%

Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2016 that were the most noteworthy events of the year. The Apopka Voice will publish them starting today and running until Friday, December 30th. During the New Year's weekend (Friday, December 30th - Sunday, January 1st) we will publish a poll and let the readers decide on which story is the most impactful of the year.

Originally Published: March 15th, 2016

Are you ready for a runoff? How about two?

On Election Day, March 15th, 2016, Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith amassed 4,489 votes to lead the way in the Seat #4 election, but with 47% of the votes it was not enough to avoid the runoff with first-time candidate Kyle Becker. Becker had 3,611 votes and 38% of the total. Upstart Young Kim kept both candidates from getting the needed majority by claiming 1,464 votes (15%).

In Seat #3, Doug Bankson edged Commissioner Sam Ruth with 3,875 votes (41%) to Ruth's 3,426 (36%). They are headed to a runoff as well because of a surprising performance by first-time candidate Alice Nolan, who received 2,148 votes (23%).

The runoff was held Tuesday, April 12th, 2016.

It was also the Florida Presidential Preference election in which Donald Trump won the Republican Primary and Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Primary. Senator Marco Rubio dropped out of the presidential race shortly after the results.



Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith, Commissioner Doug Bankson


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