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Get out and vote in today’s Ocala election! Polls close at 7 p.m.

Ocala residents have the opportunity to elect a mayor and District 2 council member today.

Polls opened this morning at 7 a.m. for the Ocala City Council election for the two at-large seats. The candidates for mayor are Barbara Fitos and incumbent Kent Guinn.

Both candidates have been active on the campaign trail, addressing residents in a public forum hosted by the Junior League of Ocala last month. The Fitos campaign has been making an additional push in the last 24 hours with a sign-waving event and phone bank.

Vote sign at Precinct 4 in Ocala, Florida
Voting is open today, September 17, until 7 p.m. at all 19 precincts across the city of Ocala.

District 2 candidates include Ire J. Bethea, Sr., Reginald E. Landers, Jr., and Tyrone Oliver.

To review a sample ballot for today’s election, click here. 

All residents of Ocala are encouraged to get out and cast their ballots at one of the 19 precincts in the city. All precincts will remain open until 7 p.m. tonight.

If you are uncertain about what precinct you should vote at, you can the right precinct through the Marion County Supervisor of Elections website by clicking here.

There are 36,506 registered voters in the city of Ocala. The first set of unofficial results will be released by 7:30 p.m. The precinct tallies will be updated every 15 minutes thereafter until election night reporting is complete.

Check back on Ocala-News.com for an update.

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Crime

Left-behind driver’s license leads to arrest of 2 Ocala men on multiple charges

Two Ocala men who allegedly went on a burglary and cigarette-smoking spree at area convenience stores were nabbed Sunday after leaving behind a variety of items – including a driver’s license.

Dunnellon man’s target practice sprays neighbors’ homes

A Dunnellon man taking target practice with a 9mm handgun outside his house was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm in public after neighbors’ homes were peppered with bullets.

Hair-grabbing Ocala woman jailed after brawl with fiancé’s mother

An Ocala woman was arrested after she allegedly pulled her fiancé’s mother to the ground by her hair and hit her several times during a fight over a towed vehicle.

Marion sheriff searching for bandit who ripped off generator from Belleview home

Marion County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a generator thief who recently targeted a Belleview residence.

Business

One Plant opens first medical marijuana dispensary, Ocala’s fifth overall

One Plant, a Marijuana Medical retail provider, has opened its first medical marijuana dispensary in East Ocala, which moves the city's overall number to five. 

Boulevard Market Ocala bringing new life, flea market to shuttered location

Boulevard Market Ocala, a flea market that will showcase local vendors, is looking to breathe new life into a shuttered location. 

Ruby Tuesday adds to growing list of closures along State Road 200

Ruby Tuesday recently closed the doors on its Ocala location, adding to a list of national companies with local closures along State Road 200 that dates back nearly a year.

Sovereigns and Scoundrels opening in former Doc of Rock location in downtown Ocala

Sovereigns and Scoundrels will open its doors at the former Doc of Rock location in downtown Ocala next week.

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Headlines

65-year-old pilot killed when small plane crashes in Ocala National Forest

A pilot was killed early Wednesday morning when his small private plane crashed in the Ocala National Forest near Orange Springs.

Officials trying to confirm identity of man killed in crash in Marion County

Officials are trying to confirm the identity of a man killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Marion County.

Left-behind driver’s license leads to arrest of 2 Ocala men on multiple charges

Two Ocala men who allegedly went on a burglary and cigarette-smoking spree at area convenience stores were nabbed Sunday after leaving behind a variety of items – including a driver’s license.

Dunnellon man’s target practice sprays neighbors’ homes

A Dunnellon man taking target practice with a 9mm handgun outside his house was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm in public after neighbors’ homes were peppered with bullets.

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