ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Incumbent Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer netted a landslide win over challengers Orlando Commissioner Sam Ings and U.S. Navy veteran Aretha Simons in Tuesday’s general election, capturing his fifth term with 72 percent of the vote.
Dyer has served as Mayor of the City of Orlando since 2003.
Ballotpedia reports that Commissioner Ings secured 17 percent of the vote while Simons got 11 percent.
Simons noted to her supporters on Facebook that Dyer’s win was a result of low voter turnout Tuesday. “It is what it is until ‘we all vote’,” she commented.
In the Orlando District 6 Commissioner race, newcomer Bakari Burns had a near-win against former State Senator Gary Siplin. Burns earned 46 percent of the vote to Siplin’s 39 percent. Lawana Gelzer lost again with only 15 percent of the vote. Burns and Siplin will face off again in a runoff election December 3, 2019.
In his new term, Mayor Dyer will focus on continuing the growth of Creative Village downtown, expanding SunRail and affordable housing.
Mellissa Thomas also contributed to this report. | firstname.lastname@example.org