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13.02% Of Osceola's Voters Elect Those Who Will Represent Us In Government Or General Election. 82.08% Didn't Show Up!

| by Carl Cricket | August 27th, 2014 | 462 words

Yep, that’s correct, according to the Supervisor of Elections office, the numbers above are correct! Compared to other counties, Osceola’s poll percentage only joined the rest of Central Florida in poor performance regarding poll attendance. Nonetheless, it is what it is and no amount of whining can change official results.

In school district 1, where incumbent Jay Wheeler was challenged to political newcomer, Leah Carius, Wheeler squeaked a close race by only 152 votes, providing evidence that some folks are not happy with things the way they are. Again, Wheeler has 4 more years to sit on the school board.

In District 1 for School Board it was;

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DISTRICT 1 (Vote For 1)
VOTE TYPE SUMMARY
CONTEST DETAIL MAP
27 of 27 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Leah Carius (NPA) 48.16% 1,990
Jay Wheeler (NPA) 51.84% 2,142

And, in District 4 it was;

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DISTRICT 4 (Vote For 1)
VOTE TYPE SUMMARY
CONTEST DETAIL MAP
13 of 13 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Barbara Horn (NPA) 43.20% 1,781
Clarence L. Thacker (NPA) 56.80% 2,342
Total 4,123

In District 5, results are;

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DISTRICT 5 (Vote For 1)
VOTE TYPE SUMMARY
CONTEST DETAIL MAP
16 of 16 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Ricky Booth (NPA) 57.07% 2,901
Wade Davis (NPA) 17.19% 874
Lynn M. Dower (NPA) 9.33% 474
Linda Beekman Oliverio (NPA) 16.41% 834

In the District 2 Commission race the results were:

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 2 (Vote For 1)
VOTE TYPE SUMMARY
CONTEST DETAIL MAP
8 of 8 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Viviana Janer (DEM) 78.95% 1,639
Romuald Jose Leydon (DEM) 21.05% 437

This provides proof that at least 437 voters had no idea as to what they were voting for!

Percent Votes
David Garcia (REP) 13.11% 162
Julius Melendez (REP) 33.41% 413
John ‘Q’ Quinones (REP) 53.48% 661

These results provide the race in November will be Viviana Janer vs John Quinones.

For the City of Kissimmee here’s the results;

CITY COMMISSIONER CITY COMMISSIONER (Vote For 1)
VOTE TYPE SUMMARY
CONTEST DETAIL MAP
11 of 11 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Jim Fisher (NPA) 41.57% 1,466
Wanda Y. Rentas (NPA) 46.02% 1,623
German R. Taveras (NPA) 12.42% 438

AND;

CITY COMMISSIONER CITY COMMISSIONER (Vote For 1)
VOTE TYPE SUMMARY
CONTEST DETAIL MAP
11 of 11 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
Jerry Gemskie (NPA) 44.03% 1,574
Khorshed Hossain (NPA) 5.82% 208
Carmelo E. Garcia (NPA) 19.72% 705
Art Otero (NPA) 30.43% 1,088

This race indicates a runoff between Jerry Gemskie and Art Otero.

Take a look at the supervisor of elections web pages for ALL the results! Her page is; http://www.voteosceola.com/election-night/

We had some great results last night, but the one poor result kind of overshadows the rest. We’re confident all those elected will do a fine job, even Mr Wheeler who had a very, very close race. We do wish everyone well. Those who were not successful yesterday should know that your efforts are admirable as at least you stood up and ran for something your heart and mind believed in.

November is just around the corner. Let’s keep our finger crossed!!

God bless everyone and we do wish you all very good health, and safety in these changing times!

Rating: 4.8 out of 55 votes cast

Maybe We're Wrong About Wheeler? Predictions Are Osceola Will Have Low Voter Turnout, Wheeler Attacks Our Sheriff Uncalled For And Our Sheriff Far From Naive! ......more

| by Carl Cricket | August 25th, 2014 | 3394 words

This has been a struggle so with a 2-1 vote of agreement, here’s the majority opinion. The lone dissenter here will have an opportunity to put their words here as well, under the initials “LD".

Yes, the title says it all. Just maybe we’ve been looking at Jay Wheeler through frosted glasses. Perhaps we should look at his countless amounts of public service.LD (Countless because his attempts at it have failed miserably and you can’t count 0 as an actual count!) Perhaps Mr Wheeler’s alleged arrogance is simply a lovely part of his own persona.LD (His arrogance is often confused with his ignorance, both of which are clear every day) And, perhaps we’ve misjudged Mr Wheeler’s charges against him in the past have either been trumped up or just caused by confusion by those who totally misunderstood his intentions.

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Rating: 3.7 out of 92 votes cast

10th Annual Jason Burnett Memorial USO Benefit Ride

| by KSIB | August 22nd, 2014 | 593 words

Central Floridians Show Support for Those Defending Our Freedom

September 13, 2014, will mark the 10th year that the Central Florida motorcycle community will show its support for the men, women and families, of our Armed Forces when they take part in Central Florida’s largest fundraiser for the Greater Jacksonville Area USO (United Services Organization), The Jason Burnett Memorial USO Benefit Ride.

The Jason Burnett Memorial USO Ride was started in 2005 by a group of local motorcycle enthusiasts to show our military personnel that the sacrifices they and their families make for us is appreciated and not forgotten. Although this ride is held in support of all the men and women who are veterans or on active duty in our military, in 2007 the ride was named in memory of L.Cpl. Jason Burnett, USMC, of Osceola County, the only county resident to die while serving his country during this War on Terrorism.

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Rating: 4.3 out of 19 votes cast

Courthouse Almost Renamed,Politics, SPEED WILL KILL! PLEASE, SLOW DOWN!more..................

| by Carl Cricket | August 19th, 2014 | 3081 words

A new week, a weekend of political influence peddling, and citizens concerned speaking up, and out! Ahhhhh, we absolutely love the fresh smell of napalm early in the campaigns, no matter the campaign, including the one started by someone from Orlando, to name a county building after another Orlando area resident, who still is alive, walking, talking, breathing, and just like us, currently working for a living. (Well, hopefully many are working!)
Of course, we’re referring to that funny little item number 6, on the Consent Agenda, of all places to hide it! However, the Osceola Commission Board Chair yanked it from the Consent agenda and tabled it for later discussion/consideration. Now, of all the people to have requested that OUR Osceola County Courthouse be renamed The Judge Belvin Perry Courthouse, we would say that the upcoming Chief Judge Lauten, once again of Orlando, should be the LAST guy to involve himself by trying to muscle a County NOT ready to rename OUR courthouse after anyone,let alone a living,breathing walking/talking human being…..from Orange County!

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Rating: 4.6 out of 56 votes cast