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Council incumbents win in Seminole

Published Oct. 6, 2005

The incumbents handily won re-election Tuesday to three seats on the Seminole City Council.

Challenger William A. "Bill" Davis Jr. took just 334 votes compared with 509 for council president Jim Dunn, 610 for Bob Matthews and 591 for council president pro tem Dottie Reeder.

Davis had challenged the three as a newcomer who planned to shake up City Hall. "I'm kind of surprised," he said as he learned of the defeat. "I haven't got much more to say."

Davis had made some campaign statements that questioned the city's contract with Seminole Fire Rescue, which provides fire and emergency protection for the city. The statements were based on incorrect information and led firefighters to campaign for the incumbent slate.

"I think this is the first time the Fire Department was involved," Reeder said. "I think they had a big influence."

Said Matthews: "The citizens came out and voted their commitment to positive progress. The truth did prevail."

Dunn said the city has to move forward, with a change in the city charter as the most important pending item.

About 14 percent of the city's 5,588 registered voters cast ballots Tuesday.

Davis, 53, ran a campaign against the status quo at City Hall, portraying the city's finances as being in a crisis.

He was the city's building official from 1985 to 1989, when he was fired by the mayor.

Matthews, 49, is completing his second term on the council. He promised to work for televising council meetings and improving the library's collection.

Dunn, 43, is completing a term as council president. He has served eight years on the council.

Reeder, 45, has been a council member for five years.

The council members will be sworn in tonight. A new council president will be chosen at the March 8 meeting.