Election Day 2013: Weller Wins Another Term in High Springs, McIntosh Incumbents Re-elected
Published November 6th, 2013
HIGH SPRINGS -- Despite the absence of a high profile race, voters still came out to the polls Tuesday, with key seats up for grabs in two North Central Florida municipalities.
In High Springs, voters narrowly re-elected sitting Mayor Sue Weller over former mayor and county commissioner Bobby Summers, by a vote of 373 to 335 -- just 38 votes ended up separating the two candidates.
Over the last few years, the government of High Springs has gained a reputation of sorts for its dysfunction -- the city council has seemingly been involved in multiple lawsuits and public official dismissals.
Yet supporters of incumbent Mayor Sue Weller say her re-election Tuesday clearly shows the direction that voters in the city want to go.
"It tells other people, the fact that they voted for me, that this is something that they want. They want the city to move forward, they want the bickering to stop, they want the nastiness to stop," said Weller.
But supporters of Summers point towards the city's low voter turnout as an indication that the city is still politically divided. With more than 3,000 registered voters in the city, and only 700 votes cast, High Springs Commissioner Bob Barnas, a supporter of Summers, says the town is as divided as ever.
"It just goes to show you that we've got a town that's still divided, just like the rest of the country. They're divided down the middle, and this vote was about personalities, not the issues," said Barnas.
Meanwhile, voters also cast their ballots down in McIntosh, where two seats were up for grabs on their town council. Incumbents Eva Jo Callahan and Frank Ciotti each retained their seats.
With many voters in McIntosh concerned over the possibility of rising taxes, the turnout rate there was about 60 percent.
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