Voters take to the polls on Election Day in Orange County

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It is Election Day in several Orange County cities on Tuesday, with hotly contested mayor races will be decided in Apopka and Winter Park.Read about candidate profiles, voting issues hereFind your polling place herePolls open at 7 a.m., close 7 p.m.It is all about growth and development as Apopka voters will get to decide if they want to keep a mayor who wants to invest in critical infrastructure needs or a new mayor concerned about the city’s spending.Mayor Joe Kilsheimer is being challenged by Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson. Nelson says he wants to unseat Kilsheimer to reign in the financial spending, which he says has depleted the city’s reserves.However, Kilsheimer says they have used reserves to build critical infrastructure, like new fire stations, and the reserves are helping keep the city moving forward.”This election boils down to the people who want to take Apopka back, versus the people who want to keep Apopka moving forward,” exclaimed the incumbent.However, his challenger says it is time for the community to come together once more.“We need civility, we need to bring the community back together. There’s a lot of divisiveness here.”Apopka’s elections are nonpartisan.In Winter Park, incumbent Mayor Steve Leary is being challenged by U.S. Navy veteran and former Haines City official Jim Fitch.Fitch is a relative newcomer to Winter Park when he moved to the city in 2016.Leary, who has been mayor for the past three years, has been a Winter Park resident since 2004.Voters in Belle Isle have a crowded 13 charter amendment questions on the ballot regarding city council procedures and mayoral duties.And voters in Ocoee will decide the winner of two commission seats.Polls are open from 7a.m. until 7 p.m.
Source: MyNews13