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Mayor defeated after taking office in 1949
Mayor defeated after taking office in 1949

Apopka voters decided that it was finally time for a change. After a historic run by 93-year-old Mayor John Land, they chose a new direction in the name of Joe Kilsheimer, 56, who campaigned on the need for younger, more energetic leadership in a city that had fallen short of its potential. Land has served as chief executive of Apopka, which means "potato eating place" in a Seminole language, for all but three years since 1949. But he faced a tough opponent who ran an aggressive campaign, relentlessly canvassing voters door to door and pounding home the message that Apopka needed a new direction. In admitting defeat, Land told supporters, "I love Apopka still, but...

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