After a tightly contested race in Ocala City Council Districts 3 and 4, no candidate received a majority of the vote and the city is poised to host a run-off election in just under eight weeks.
The runoff election will take place on Tuesday, November 16, and will pit the top two finishers in both races against each other.
In the bid for District 3, incumbent Jay Musleh garnered just over 43% of the total at just under 4,000 votes (3,981). He will face off against Ty Schlichter, whose 2,788 votes represent just over 30% of the vote. Schlichter edged out Rusty Juergens’ 2,443 votes. In total, 9,212 votes were cast for the seat.
In District 4, Kristen Dreyer and Lori Martin Gregory will face off this fall after edging out Barbara Fitos, who held a lead through mail-in voting and early results.
Dreyer received just under 31% of the 9,119 votes cast (2,822), while Gregory finished with just under 27% of the vote (2,443). Fitos received 2,212 votes, or just over 24% of the vote.
The voter registration deadline for the City of Ocala Run-Off Election is Monday, October 18.
For more information on the deadline, or the election results, visit the Marion County Supervisor of Elections website.