Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Both parties walk away with bug board wins

Two Florida Keys Mosquito Control District board seats were split between the Democrat and Republican parties on Tuesday night.

Democrat incumbent Steve Smith inched out Republican challenger Stephen Hammond, taking 51 percent of the vote for the District 3 seat, which represents Key West. Republican candidate Jill Cranney-Gage won the District 1 seat, overwhelmingly defeating Green Party member Oliver Kofoid. She captured 69 percent of the vote. Current District 1 seat holder, Joan Lord-Papy, chose not to run.

Cranney-Gage ran on a campaign platform of making sure taxpayers' dollars are being spent in the most economical and efficient manner, while ensuring the health and safety of the citizens.

"I promise to work hard for the community and make decisions that are in the best interest of the taxpayer," Cranney-Gage said.

She is a senior accountant at the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management at Saint Leo University and a master's of business administration from Kaplan University.

Kofoid, who did not use signs or run advertisements, was happy that he gained 31 percent of the vote.

"It was a good race, and we stuck to the issues," Kofoid said. "Mosquito Control has not seen the last of me. I got 30 percent of the vote so when I show up to meetings they will have to listen to me."

Smith, who has been on the board since 1996, said that the result of his race showed that citizens are happy with the way district is being run.

tohara@keysnews.com

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