ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was elected to a fourth full term on Tuesday. With all precincts reporting, Dyer led his closest opponent by a margin of nearly two-to-one, winning 63 percent of the vote.
“People like to see things working. In Tallahassee and Washington, there is gridlock, but here in Central Florida, we work together across partisan lines, across jurisdictional lines, and we get big things done,” Mayor Dyer said, following his convincing win.
Challengers Paul Paulson and Sunshine Linda-Marie Grund drew roughly 33 percent and 4 percent of the vote, respectively. “We have made an impact, a serious impact today, and each and every one of you are the leaders of tomorrow," Paulson told his supporters.
Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan easily won her race as well, with 69 percent of the vote. She defeated opponents Randy Ross and Aretha Olivarez, who won 20 percent and 11 percent of the vote, respectively. Sheehan is the longest serving incumbent in Orlando and this win will set up her fifth term as a city commissioner.
While the race for District 6 was much tighter, incumbent Sam Ings garnered roughly 52 percent of the vote among a crowded field of contenders. The victory affords Ings a third full term in office. His next closest challenger, Nathan Chambers, carried almost 18 percent of the vote.
According to Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, 22,343 voted in the Orlando municipal election through early voting, by absentee ballot, and by going to the polls, but that number represents a significantly low turnout, with 14.65 percent of registered voters participating in this election.
“The way I look at it, the 14 percent, 15 percent that turned out were interested in who the next mayor was," added Dyer. "It wasn’t somebody that was showing up just to vote for president.”
If Dyer serves out his full four-year term, he will become the longest-serving mayor in history of the "City Beautiful." He said his next big goal is to finish the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Below is summary of Orlando's races. To view other results from surrounding counties, click here.