Holmes Beach elects new mayor in landslide

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Holmes Beach mayor-elect Judy Titsworth and husband Steve Titsworth, with granddaughter Lily, celebrate an election victory Nov. 6 at the Blue Marlin in Bradenton Beach. Judy Titsworth is the city commission chair and granddaughter of the city’s namesake, John “Jack” Holmes Sr. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell
Holmes Beach mayoral candidate Josh Linney, at a supporter’s home in the 7300 block of Gulf Drive, acknowledged his loss election night. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

By a margin of almost 4-1, Judy Titsworth is now mayor-elect in Holmes Beach.

Titsworth, 56, is a three-term Holmes Beach commissioner and served as the commission’s chair since 2013.

She outpolled her opponent, newcomer Joshua Linney, 43, with a 1,575 to 412 vote.

“I would like to think it is because I have worked so hard for the past six years,” Titsworth said about the landslide victory.

The mayor-elect, who is employed with her husband in the construction industry, said her first order of business will be to improve the building department.

Linney conceded defeat on election night.

“It was a great experience,” Linney said of his run for mayor. “I’ll do it again next year.”

Of the 2,810 registered voters in the city’s two precincts, 2,100 voters, including 805 by mail and 220 early voters, cast ballots in the election.

Titsworth and other Holmes Beach election winners will be sworn in at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at city hall, 5408 Marina Drive.