LARGO — Political newcomer James Robinson rolled to victory in Largo's lone City Commission race Tuesday, defeating Robert Hunsicker 59 percent to 41 percent, according to unofficial results.
Robinson, 35, the manager of Largo Feed & Pet Supply, promised to bring a "new perspective" to the commission. He was endorsed by Largo Professional Firefighters 2427, and also promised to push the city to hire more firefighters.
"My main thing is I want to make this community as good for my kids as it was for me growing up," said Robinson, who will serve four years in Seat 4, vacated by Commissioner Gigi Arntzen, who had served since 2006.
City Commission races are citywide and nonpartisan. Robinson will make $13,125 per year.
This was the third unsuccessful attempt at a commission seat for Hunsicker, 69, a semiretired electrical engineer who applied for an open post in 2008 and lost a run for commission in 2010. A strong critic of city management, Hunsicker acknowledged Tuesday night this was probably his last run for office.
"Next month I'll be 70 years old," he said. "I've run twice and the people have spoken."
Also Tuesday, city voters approved a referendum allowing Largo to create a program to offer extra property tax incentives to new and expanding businesses. City management will hammer out details of the program, which holds companies applying for the tax breaks to job creation requirements.
State law allows up to 100 percent tax exemptions on property improvements, but some cities have enacted less-generous programs. The tax exemptions are only for improvements made to a property.