Holmes Beach: Zaccagnino win zings Maloney
|Holmes Beach candidates for city commission, from left, David Zaccagnino holding daughter Sela, Pat Morton, Don Maloney and Rich Bohnenberger waited at the poll for the results of the Tuesday election, which were posted at approximately 7:20 p.m. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Political newcomer David Zaccagnino scored a political upset in the
race for the three Holmes Beach city commission seats up for election
yesterday, leading all four candidates with 742 votes, while longtime
Commissioner Don Maloney was defeated in his bid for a fifth consecutive
Incumbents Rich Bohenberger and
Patrick Morton were returned to the commission with 679 and 600 votes
respectively, while Maloney garnered 502 votes.
Turnout was light among the Holmes
Beach electorate as just 29 percent of the city's 3,406 registered
voters took to the polls. Veteran political analysts say that generally,
voter turnout is higher during an even-numbered year, particularly if
it's a presidential election such as in 2004.
In the non-binding referendum on
consolidation on the ballot, voters agreed that the city should pursue "studies" to
determine if Island consolidation is feasible. The referendum passed,
634 to 339, a 65 percent favorable vote.
The question, however, is largely
moot as the Anna Maria City Commission declined to place the referendum
language on its ballot.
This was Zaccagnino's second
effort at a commission seat.
"I'm very happy at
the results. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I'd
like to thank everyone who came out and voted. I'm ready to let
the public be our customer. I'm really looking forward to serving
on the commission," he said.
He attributed much of his success
to his door-to-door and telephone campaigning, which made voters aware
of the issues facing the city.
Maloney was gracious in defeat,
thanking the voters for allowing him to serve for five terms.
"That's OK," he
said. "I've had my time on the commission."
Bohnenberger will be serving his
sixth term following two years as mayor.
"I'd like to thank
everyone who voted for me, and everyone who voted. We are clearly moving
in the right direction and the voters have given me their support."
Morton also thanked those who had
returned him to office for his second term.
"It was a good race. I'm
looking forward to a second term. We have a good commission and there's
a lot of work ahead."
The organizational meeting and
swearing-in ceremony for the new commission will be at 10 a.m. Monday,