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The Race for Seat #3

Breaking News: Becker running for Seat #3 on the Apopka City Council

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March 8th was a difficult date for Kyle Becker. On that day, he lost his bid to become the Mayor of Apopka and knew his time as a city commissioner (Seat #4) would end a few weeks later. On April 20th, he said his goodbyes to the City Council, and it appeared he would pause his political career in Apopka.

"...All good books come to an end.," Becker said at that final meeting. "And while I'm not at the end of my personal book, tonight marks the closing of a spectacular chapter in my life."

But now, just 78 days after the mayoral election, and 35 days after his last City Council meeting, it looks as though a new chapter is beginning.

Kyle Becker
Kyle Becker

This morning, Becker announced his entry into the special election for Seat #3 on the Apopka City Commission.

“My continued desire to help shape the future of Apopka far outweighs the outcome of my recent mayoral campaign," Becker said in a statement to The Apopka Voice. "I take great pride in my service over the last 6 years as Commissioner of Seat 4, and I’m excited to announce my intention to run in the upcoming Apopka special election so I can continue in that service as Commissioner of Seat 3.
 
Regardless of what people’s seat I serve from, I will be a leading force driving positive outcomes for all residents.  I hope with my proven experience and responsiveness to resident needs, voters in Apopka will grant me the privilege to serve them as Commissioner once again.”

Doug Bankson, the current Seat #3 commissioner, announced his intention to run in the Florida House District 39 election and therefore has to vacate his seat on the Apopka City Commission. He announced his resignation earlier this month but will remain on the Apopka City Council through November 8th.

Becker joins three other candidates that have announced or filed to run in the special election - Wes Dumey, Lynetta Johnson, and Eric Mock.

Becker began his Apopka political career in 2016 with a surprising victory over longtime incumbent Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith, beating him in a runoff with 55% of the vote. In 2020, he was re-elected with 62% of the vote over Lorena Potter. In 2022, Becker vacated Seat #4 on the Apopka City Commission to run against Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson but fell short by just 495 votes.

The general election for Seat #3 is on August 23rd in accordance with statewide primary elections. If there is a runoff, it will be on November 8th, the same day as the statewide general election.

The qualifying period for the Seat #3 special election will begin at noon on Monday, June 13th, and end at noon on Friday, June 17th. 

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  • MamaMia

    Good grief.....obviously his "honey-do" list was not nearly long enough. LOL

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