Whitmore takes Republican slot for county commission
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore has taken the Republican side of the
Manatee County Commission District 6 at-large on the
November ballot in Tuesday’s primary voting by a wide margin.
results posted are unofficial, according to the supervisor
Whitmore garnered 47 percent of the vote
in the four-way race. Other results include former
school board member Frank Brunner with 32 percent, physician Craig A.
Trigueiro with 17 percent, and businesswoman Stella K. Burnett with 4
Whitmore will face Democrat Sarah C. Meaker
Unofficial statewide numbers have Katherine
Harris taking the lead in the Republican race for the
U.S. Senate. She received 50 percent of the votes from voters, and will
face Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson in the fall.
Other results in that race included William “Bill” McBride
with 30 percent, LeRoy Collins Jr. with 15 percent, and Pete Monroe with 5 percent.
the hotly contested U.S. House of Representatives District
13 contest, Republicans elected Sarasota businessman Vern Buchanon. He
received 33 percent of the votes in the four-county election. State representative
Nancy Carroll Detert received 25 percent of the vote, Sarasota banker
Tramm Hudson 23 percent, former state representative Mark Flanagan 10
percent, and Florida House of Representatives member Donna Clarke 9 percent.
Democratic candidate for
District 13 Christine Jennings will face Buchanon in
November. She received 62 percent of the vote to defeat her opponent,
attorney Jan Schneider, who garnered 38 percent.
governor, Republican Charlie Crist will face Democrat
Jim Davis in the fall. Crist received 64 percent of the vote Sept. 5.
Other candidates in the Republican match-up were Tom Gallagher with 34
percent; Vernon Palmer, 1 percent; and Michael W. St. Jean, 1 percent.
On the Democratic
side, Davis received 46 percent; Rod Smith, 42 percent;
Carol Castagnero, 5 percent; Glenn Burkett, 4 percent; and John M. Crotty,
In the statewide chief financial officer
election, Florida Senate President Tom Lee received
56 percent of the Republican votes, defeating challengers Randy Johnson
at 37 percent and Milt Bauguess at 6 percent. Lee will face Alex Sink
The attorney general matchup on
the Democratic side saw Walter “Skip” Campbell defeat Merrice Ehrlich,
65 percent versus 35 percent.
In local non-partisan elections, for 12th
Circuit Court Judge, Group 13, incumbent Lee Haworth
defeated challenger Susan Hartmann Swartz, 67 percent to 33 percent.
For 12th Circuit Court Judge, Group
16, voters chose Donna Berlin over Franklin Roberts,
79 percent versus 21 percent.
12th Circuit Court Judge, Group 21, voters selected
Preson DeVilbiss Jr. with 39 percent of the vote. Other challengers were
Rochelle Taylor Curley at 28 percent; Connie Mederos-Jacobs at 19 percent;
and Geoffrey Proffitt at 13 percent.
In the non-partisan school board races,
District 1 had incumbent Barbara A. Harvey defeating
businessman David M. Bailey, 63 percent versus 37 percent.
District 3 saw Manatee Community College
professor Jane R. Pfeisticker taking the post with
52 percent of the vote. Real estate professional Robert Drane received
26 percent, and Steven A. Cecil had 22 percent.
In District 4, businessman Joe Miller won
the matchup with 49 percent of the vote. Land use planner
and landscape architect Bob Gause received 28 percent, and James Ferguson
received 23 percent.
5 incumbent Walter E. Miller won re-election over civil
designer Maynard Boyce, 71 percent versus 28 percent.