- In the battle of former city council members, Pat Brayton has won the seat with 53.9 percent of the vote over Frankie Burnett.
- The results included nearly all the early votes and vote-by-mail ballot tabulations and 32 of 32 precincts.
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Former Brooksville City Council member Pat Brayton has won over Frankie Burnett in the battle between two former council members for the open Seat 5 on the Brooksville City Council.
Brayton, 73, is a semi-retired accountant who served on the City Council from 1994 to 2000. He ran because he saw the city struggle during last year's budget discussions. Those discussions resulted in a decision earlier this year to disband the city's police department and contract with the county for law enforcement services.
Brayton was concerned that the healthy reserve funds present during his tenure had eroded and hoped his finance background would be helpful to the city.
Brayton also noted that, with the closing of the police department and the savings realized there, it might be time for the city to prioritize important capital projects left unfunded, including utility improvements and drainage repairs.
"I appreciate the support from the community," he said as final results were coming in. "I will do my best for everyone."
Burnett, 63, is retired from a job as contract manager with Mid-Florida Community Services and has been working as pastor for the Saint Lewis Missionary Baptist Church in Brooksville. He was elected for a term on the council in 2004, served out the term of a council member who left in 2010 and won reelection in 2012. He was unsuccessful in his bid for another term in 2016.
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