Voters took to the polls Tuesday to choose mayors in Cape Canaveral — where incumbent Bob Hoog isn't running due to term limits — Oviedo — where incumbent Megan Sladek is up against two challengers and Mount Dora — where incumbent Cathy Hoechst was up against Crissy Stile.
At the end of the day, City Council member Wes Morrison won the mayor's seat in Cape Canaveral, Sladek was reelected in Oviedo and Stile unseated Hoechst in Mount Dora.
What You Need To Know
- Cape Canaveral City Council member Wes Morrison wins mayoral election
- Incumbent Oviedo Mayor Megan Sladek wins another term
- Challenger Crissy Stile beat incumbent Mayor Cathy Hoechst in Mount Dora
- BELOW: Live updates from Spectrum News 13 reporters
- Spectrum News 13 Election Results
Polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m. for both races.
A major issue at the top of each candidate’s list was handling Oviedo's growth and development.
Sladek said she wanted to continue the mobility plan process the city is working on, to try and figure out how to get people around better. She hopes people will choose other forms of transportation.
“About 19% of car-based trips in Oviedo are less than 2 miles," Sladek said.
Hipes was working on turning the mall into a mixed-use space with apartments, a hotel and more, and wanted to help shepherd growth into the area if elected mayor.
Lopez, a 7th grade civics teacher, pointed to his political experience in New Jersey as a prerequisite to help control growth in Oviedo.
Sladek said she was glad Tuesday that voters seemed to approve of the job she did during the last term.
“It feels good to know that all of the things I have been doing are things that reflect the value of your community," she said from her Oviedo home. "You never know until the other side of the election, if what people elected you for, or if you are doing a good job and people must think I am doing an alright job."
In Cape Canaveral, term limits caused Hoog — who owns and operates Hoog Electric Corporation — to step down as mayor.
On his campaign website, Morrison listed fiscal responsibility, infrastructure, smart growth, community safety and environmental stewardship as key positions in his race for mayor.
According to his campaign website, Brown ran on a platform of community safety, budget reform, flooding mitigation and revival of the Indian River Lagoon.
Snooks listed 34 items as part of his platform on his Facebook page, including sidewalk maintenance, fire fighter equipment upgrades, tourism, renewable energy and micro plastic cleanup.
Spectrum News 13 could not find any information on McDonald's platform during his run for mayor.
Less than an hour before the polls closed Tuesday, Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott announced on Twitter that voter turnout for this year's standalone municipal election was the highest the county had seen in 25 years.
In Lake County, incumbent Mayor Cathy Hoechst lost the race in Mount Dora to Stile, who took home 58.5% of the vote.
According to her campaign website, Hoechst, who has lived in Mount Dora for 35 years, ran on a platform of, among other things, fixing the downtown parking problem, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility, preserving the city's "unique quality of life," and being a good steward of the environment.
On her campaign site, Stile, a downtown business owner and former City Council member who has been a resident of Mount Dora for 16 years, said she would work to address "countless issues" in the city and would engage the council and city manager to "tackle all of the concerns facing our city."
Spectrum News 13 reporter Asher Wildman contributed to this story.