John Tornga won his race Tuesday night, securing a seat on the Dunedin City Commission, according to unofficial results. He won 53 percent of the vote.
Tornga, 73, is a former Dunedin City Commission member and vice president of Honor Flight Central Florida. He was elected to the Dunedin City Commission in 2014 and served as the Dunedin representative on Forward Pinellas and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board of directors before losing his bid for reelection in 2018. He faced off against Mike Quill, 62, a reserve police officer for the Tampa Police Department who has worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years.
Before polls closed, Tornga said he would be watching the results come in from a restaurant in downtown Dunedin. He voted early but spent the day out at the polls waving to voters. Tornga did not immediately return calls for comment Tuesday night.
With a seat on the commission, Tornga said he aims to encourage fiscal responsibility and government transparency that takes into account the input of residents and businesses.
Tornga ran on a platform of fiscal conservatism and economic redevelopment that he said is compatible with Dunedin’s culture. According to his website, Tornga wants to offer continued tax relief to homeowners. Tornga’s campaign raised $16,492 as of Oct. 16. His opponent raised $4,635 by the same date.
Quill describes himself as a public servant and has served as chair of the Dunedin public safety committee for 10 years. He has also been acting police chief for the city of Gulfport. Quill ran for Dunedin commissioner in 2003 and 2009 but lost both bids.
During his campaign, Quill ran on balancing the community’s needs for affordable housing, redevelopment and sustainability.
Dunedin city commissioners serve four years per term for a maximum of two terms and are paid $11,500 a year. The city of Dunedin, just north of Clearwater, is home to over 36,000 residents.
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