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Challenger prevails in Fruitland Park commission seat runoff election

Challenger prevails in Fruitland Park commission seat runoff election

FRUITLAND PARK — Changes are coming to the City Commission after two incumbents lost their re-election bids, one in a runoff Tuesday. In the runoff for the Group 4 seat, voters elected Rick Ranize, a former deputy sheriff, swamped incumbent Sharon Kelly, a 17-year city commissioner, winning 75 percent of the vote. He received 299 votes to 102 for Kelly, according to city records. The Nov. 4 general election pitted Kelly against Ranize and Philip Purlee, a member of the city's planning and zoning board. Because no one won a majority of the votes, the top two vote-getters were sent to a runoff. Ranize got 38 percent on Nov. 4 to 32 percent for Kelly and 30 percent for...

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