TEMPLE TERRACE — After a three-month campaign, Ron Govin appeared headed for re-election to the five-member City Council, with the second post too close to call between Mary Jane Neale and Dave Penoyer.
Vote-counting problems left the outcome in doubt as four candidates vied for the top two positions.
Govin, 68, will serve his second term on the council, where he was a leader with the community redevelopment agency responsible for the proposed $16-million downtown redevelopment project.
He also serves as chairman of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Board and chief executive of his family business, Mark Master Inc., a company the specializes in signs and stamps for businesses and municipalities.
Penoyer, 36, works as an engineer with a solid waste company. He ran on a platform of expansion of city relations with the University of South Florida and regional transportation.
The race between Penoyer and Mary Jane Neale, 71, was down to the wire, less than 100 votes separating them. Ted Grevencamp trailed.
Neale, 71, is a lifelong volunteer who started her career in the public area in Miami. She and he husband moved to Temple Terrace 17 years ago and joined several civic associations before deciding to run for the City Council in this cycle.
The council meets every two weeks with the mayor and other city officials to set policy, determine tax rates, make city budget decisions and consider other civic needs. Members are paid $3,000 annually.