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Commissioner wins re-election // NORTH REDINGTON BEACH

Residents returned incumbent Commissioner David F. Yost to his District 3 seat and elected former commissioner Ann M. Graf to the District 4 seat in Tuesday's municipal election.

In both races, 442 total at-large votes were cast. As of Jan. 31, there were 1,040 registered voters in North Redington Beach.

Yost, a real estate broker, captured 59 percent of the votes, while challenger Veronica T. Baldanza, who served on the town's code enforcement board, collected 38.6 percent.

"Tell everybody that I did my job," said Yost, 53, who has served on the commission for eight years. "I just finished the queen palms on the town's medians. I don't have any agenda for the next two years, just to work for the town."

In the District 4 race, Graf captured 55.4 percent of the votes. Rex V. Phelps Jr., a real estate agent, collected 42.7 percent. Graf will be sworn in March 14. She will fill the position of Don Suhadolnik.

"I'm delighted and thrilled and looking forward to the challenges ahead," said Graf, who served on the commission from 1991 to 1993.

Phelps, 48, was the only candidate in the two contested races who took a position on the old Tides Hotel and Bath Club property. He opposed any change to the town's zoning laws to permit taller condominiums than the currently allowed in the codes.

Phelps said he is not ruling out another bid for a commission seat and wished Graf well in her endeavors.

Said Phelps: "You never exclude anything."

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