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Date of Issue: November 10, 2006

Whitmore new county commissioner; fire district fee hike OK'd

Countywide ballot items of interest that can be concluded with early returns include results for the districtwide seat on the Manatee County Board of Commissioners.

Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore has a new title - commissioner.

Republican candidate for the county commission Whitmore defeated her Democratic challenger, educator Sarah Meaker, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, 59 percent to 41 percent in Tuesday’s general election.

West Manatee Fire and Rescue District officials also saw voters approve an increase in impact fees to help fund the district’s Anna Maria Island, Cortez and northwest Manatee County firefighting operations. The measure passed, 68 percent to 32 percent.