DADE CITY— Incumbent Bill Dennis expressed gratitude following re-election Tuesday to his eighth term on the Dade City Commission.
Dennis, who predicted higher city taxes during his campaign, prevailed over the Rev. Clyde E. Carter, with 56 percent of the vote tally, winning, 305-233.
"It makes you feel good when the citizens approve of the job you're doing," Dennis said. "Reverend Carter ran a fine and clean campaign and I congratulate him on the support he received.
"I spoke about raising taxes during the campaign because if you want city services they have to be paid for. Our grants have become fewer and farther between."
City utilities veteran Jim Shive defeated title company owner Jeanie Germain, 317-234 votes.
Shive assumes the group 3 seat recently vacated by Curtis Beebe, who defeated Shive in 2008.
Shive got 57 percent of the vote to Germain's 42 percent.
"I have to say that the two best candidates to take care of the city were winners," Shive said. "It's been like running up a mountain during this campaign."
Shive overcame past differences with the city staff and a defeat in 2008.
"The difference this time came down to listening," Shive said. "That means listening to the community and not listening to the noise."