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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Mayor wins reelection, multiple seats will see runoffs

Mayor Kent Guinn has been reelected and multiple other seats on the Ocala City Council will go to a run-off election this fall.

The complete results of Tuesday’s Ocala City Council general election were released by the Marion County Supervisor of Elections as of 8:20 p.m.

The results show that Mayor Kent Guinn was reelected with 6,497 votes, or nearly 66% of the vote. His challenger, Manal Fakhoury, received 3,358 votes.

In District 1, Barry Mansfield has defeated incumbent Brent Malever by nearly 400 votes. Mansfield received 4,779 votes, while Malever received 4,395 votes.

In District 5, Jim Hilty received 126 votes more votes than Greg Steen. Hilty received 4,503 votes and Steen received 4,377 votes.

In the other districts, no candidate garnered more than 50% of the votes.

In District 4, Kristen Dreyer, Barbara Fitos, and Lori Martin Gregory all received over 2,200 votes.

In District 3, incumbent Jay Musleh received 3,981 votes, which represents 43% of the vote. Ty Schlichter received 2,788 votes and Rusty Juergens received 2,443 votes.

Because no candidate received a majority of votes for those seats, a runoff election will be held to determine the seats. The city will host that run-off election on Tuesday, November 16.

The voter registration deadline for the 2021 City of Ocala Run-Off Election is October 18, 2021.

All three amendments that were on the ballot were approved.