Quam re-elected, Magill, Woodland also winners in Anna Maria election
Anna Maria voters yesterday re-elected John Quam to serve another two years on the city commission and also voted political newcomers Carol Ann Magill and Dale Woodland to the commission.
Three commission seats were up for election and incumbent Quam led all voters with 454 votes, while Magill and Woodland tallied 446 and 406 votes respectively.
Candidate Randall Stover had 283 votes and Jeff Smith finished with 106 in the commission election, which was held in November for the first time.
A new city charter passed in February 2003 moved all city elections from February to November to coincide with county, state and national elections. The commission seats currently held by Duke Miller and Linda Cramer will be up for election in November 2004, as will the position of mayor, now held by SueLynn.
The newly elected commissioners will be sworn at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the commission's organizational meeting, followed by a workshop session.
The five-member commission will elect a chairperson, who will also serve as the city's deputy mayor under the new charter. Quam was the chairperson for the previous commission.
Quam said he was looking forward to working with the new commissioners.
"I don't see any problems in working together. We have a lot of business to take care of, including parking and capital improvements and I believe this commission will make some good decisions."
Woodland was elected to the commission for the first time after two previously unsuccessful campaigns for a seat.
"I think absolutlely this is a good commission for the city. I think we can all work together, and I want to thank everyone who voted for me, especially Mark Alonso. I'm looking forward to getting started."
Magill won a commission seat in her first try and she also believes this is a good commission.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to win in my first election, and am looking forward to working with this commission and Mayor SueLynn for the betterment of our community. I think this is a good commission. There's a lot of work ahead, but I'm ready to get started."
Stover was gracious in defeat and congratulated the winners. "It was a good turnout and the voters have spoken." He thought he made a good showing for his first election campaign and believed he would continue to attend commission meetings and express his opinions.
Smith also congratulated the winners. He said he had no problem with the will of the voters and pledged to continue to attend commission and other public meeting to provide input on issues.
The 617 voters who cast ballots in the election represented 42 percent of the 1,468 eligible voters in Anna Maria, a very good turnout in a non-presidential election, according to some Anna Maria residents.