It came more than two months later than expected, but voters in Dade City and San Antonio finally had the chance to head to the polls to elect a new group of city leaders.
The Pasco County municipal elections took place on June 30, rescheduled from the original April 14 date because of COVID-19.
A total of six people were newly elected or re-elected to serve the respective municipalities.
In Dade City, the Dade City Commission will see one familiar face and two new fresh ones on its five-member legislative body.
Incumbent Jim Shive retained his Group 3 seat for a third term, receiving 58.14% of votes to defeat challenger Matthew Shane Wilson.
Shive, a retired government employee, has served on the Dade City Commission since first being elected in 2012.
Knute Nathe garnered 56.72% of votes, defeating Ann Cosentino for the Group 4 seat.
Nathe is an attorney with McClain Alfonso P.A., who also serves on the city’s planning board. He will take over for Nicole Deese Newlon, who did not seek re-election after serving a single four-year term.
The closest race came in Group 5, where Normita Woodard received 52.46% of votes, edging out Christopher King.
Woodard is a secretary at Lacoochee Elementary School. She will assume a seat held by Eunice Penix since 1993. Penix opted not to seek re-election.
In San Antonio, five candidates vied for three open seats on the San Antonio City Commission.
Unlike the head-to-head matchups of other municipalities, the top three overall vote-getters earn commission seats and serve two-year terms.
Incumbents Elayne Bassinger and Sarah Schrader won re-election, while the third open seat went to John Vogel II. Vogel II earned the highest percentage of votes (27.62%) to beat out challengers Joseph Couture and Dacia Wadsworth Mitchell.
Voter turnout was a combined 20.26% for the municipalities — 1,036 ballots cast among 5,114 registered voters. All municipal races are nonpartisan.
For more information, visit PascoVotes.com.
Pasco County municipal election results
City of Dade City
Group 3 Commissioner
- Jim Shive — 58.14% (475 votes)
- Matthew Shane Wilson — 41.86% (342 votes)
Group 4 Commissioner
- Knute Nathe — 56.72% (439 votes)
- Ann Cosentino — 43.28% (335 votes)
Group 5 Commissioner
- Normita Woodard — 52.46% (405 votes)
- Christopher King — 47.54% (367 votes)
City of San Antonio
San Antonio City Commissioner
- John Vogel II — 27.62% (132 votes)
- Elayne Bassinger — 24.69% (118 votes)
- Sarah Schrader — 21.34% (102 votes)
- Joseph Couture — 13.18% (63 votes)
- Dacia Wadsworth Mitchell — 13.18% (63 votes)
Published July 08, 2020