ZEPHYRHILLS — Political newcomer Charlie Proctor unseated Zephyrhills City Council member Manny Funes on Tuesday, capturing nearly 57 percent of the vote in the city's only contested race.
Proctor, a small businessman who said he wanted to bring his private sector experience to City Hall, said he was surprised and excited to win the seat.
"I have four phones in this house, and they're all ringing off the hook," Proctor, 46 said Tuesday night.
"I love my country," he added. "I appreciated these people of Zephyrhills giving me a chance. I'll do the best I can."
The results were equally surprising to Funes, 66, who was seeking his second term.
"I'm shocked," Funes said, "but what can you say?"
Funes had been a vocal member of the council, sparring at times with City Manager Steve Spina and other officials.
"It wasn't meant to be and all I can do is wish (Proctor) good luck with it," Funes said.
Also on Tuesday, voters in San Antonio elected two new city commissioners: Timothy Newlon (48.48 percent) and Mark B. Anderson (33.52 percent). They were the top two vote-getters in a four-way field, edging out Thomas "Geoff" Knight (9.14 percent) and Timothy J. Franke (8.86 percent).
The candidates were vying to replace city Commissioners Anthony Lister and Sharon Madden, who decided not to seek reelection.