Mayor, 93, Loses Re-Election Bid

Image: Mayor, 93, Loses Re-Election Bid

Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 09:11 PM

By Jason Devaney

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A Florida mayor lost his bid for re-election Tuesday after a 19-term career in office.

John Land, 93, had been mayor of the Orlando suburb Apopka since 1949 and hoped to remain in office for a 20th term, but he lost to Joe Kilsheimer, 56, by a margin of 3,352 votes to 2,803, WESH reports.

The election was originally held in March, but none of the four candidates earned the required majority of votes. Land and Kilsheimer were the top vote-getters, so residents hit the polls once more in a runoff to decide who would lead their city.

Land was in office longer than any other mayor in Florida, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Land stopped receiving a salary in 2008, when he cut that from his budget. But he did carry a significant endorsement in this election from Sen. Marco Rubio.

"I'm supporting John Land for reelection as Apopka's mayor because he supports helping everyone achieve the American dream — from farmworkers to foliage growers, from young entrepreneurs to retirees," Rubio wrote in a statement posted on Land's Facebook page.

"John Land fought for his country in the U.S. Army, built a business that employed hundreds of people, and has served Apopka as mayor with distinction.

"He's lived the American dream, and now he is trying to help the next generation live it as well. I'm proud to stand with John Land," Rubio wrote.

In a speech to his supporters Tuesday after the votes were counted, Land quoted the late Gen. George Patton.

"I wouldn't give two hoots in hell for someone who lost and laughed about it," Land said, according to the Sentinel. "All the young people here . . . who worked on the campaign here, it's been an honor to serve, I appreciate that. I love Apopka still, but I have a broken heart."

After Land's speech, the Tony Bennett song "The Good Life" started playing, the Sentinel reports. But a campaign worker quickly asked the DJ to play something with a less somber tone, so Pharrell Williams' "Happy" replaced it.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Perdue Defeats Kingston in Georgia GOP Senate Runoff

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 21:36 PM

Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in a Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomin . . .

Bob Dole Attacks Obama Policies in Ad for Rep. Lynn Jenkins

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 17:40 PM

Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who turned 91 on Tuesday, has lost none of his political zest for "bi . . .

Paul Ryan Question to FEC Hints of Possible White House Run

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 16:15 PM

Rep. Paul Ryan plans to take a long bus ride during his coming campaign for Congress, but a recent request by the Ryan c . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved