Bookstore owner Crissy Stile ousts incumbent, wins Mount Dora mayor’s race – Orlando Sentinel

Mount Dora voters gave downtown bookstore owner Crissy Stile the chance to write a new chapter for the lakeside city.
Stile won about 59% of the 3,689 votes cast in the race which unseated incumbent Mayor Cathy Hoechst, a retired hospital administrator.
“I‘m very much looking forward to moving the city in the right direction with my fellow council members,” Stile said.
The owner of Barrel of Books and Games, Stile launched her campaign as a vocal opponent of a proposal to allow taller buildings in the city known for its festivals and quaint downtown. She led a petition drive hoping to let voters decide how high buildings could rise in the city’s downtown.
“I never made it the biggest issue for my campaign,” she said. “It just goes to show there’s a lot of concerns in the city of Mount Dora.”
But Stile’s view on building heights was shared by John Cataldo, who won the District 1 Council seat easily defeating Carroll Jaskulski.
Cataldo got about 64% of the votes cast in the district which includes the downtown, according to final, unofficial results.
Turnout for the elections in Mount Dora and four other Lake County municipalities was very low, Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays said. Official final results will be released by Friday, election officials said.
In Groveland, Mike Radzik got 77% of the vote to win the District 2 council seat. He was opposed by Christopher Walker.
In Lady Lake, voters overwhelmingly chose Ed Freeman over John W. Brinson Jr. for the Town Commission Ward 3 seat.
Freeman got about 82% of the 588 ballots cast.
In Montverde, voters picked Allan Hartle, James Ley and Judy S. Smith from a field of five candidates to serve on town council.
All three each got at least 23% of the 820 votes cast. Gary Schindele and Paul Ryan each got less than 15% of the vote.
In Tavares, voters decided two council races, re-electing one incumbent and ousting another.
Incumbent Troy Singer got about 64% of the vote to defeat Steve Farley and win re-election to Council seat 4.
But Lou Buigas, who recently served as vice mayor, lost Seat 2 to former Lake County School Board member Sandy Gamble.
Gamble got about 54% of the vote to Buigas’ 46%.
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