Emerging from a campaign that brought out the worst in both candidates and some supporters, Doug Broxson defeated Republican Mike Hill for the northwest Florida state Senate seat by about 3,600 votes, winning 57.59 percent of those cast.
Although neither Broxson nor his campaign returned a reporter’s phone calls Tuesday night, Hill said, “I’m disappointed but pleased to find so much support.” He said he’s making plans to run for office again in the future.
“Mike did really well in a campaign where he was outspent by about $50 per vote,” said Tamara Fountain, a Hill advisor. “He’ll be back in public office at some point.”
The final bitter days included charges of illegal activities on both sides.
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Jayer Williamson celebrated his victory in the state representative for district 3 race with supporters Aug. 30 at Nichols Seafood restaurant in Milton. The restaurant was packed.
“I’m proud. We worked hard, and I was fortunate to have lots of friends and supporters who stepped up to help make this happen,” Williamson said. “The election is won, but now it’s time to get to work. I’m ready to give back and serve the community that I love.”
Voter Jennifer Powell showed up at the county elections office to watch the live feed of election results posted in the lobby with fellow voters and candidates. She came out in support of sheriff candidate Robby Way.
“I’m excited to be with him for support,” she said. “I also am looking forward to the election in November.” Way was defeated at the polls by Bob Johnson.
Poll workers check precinct voting numbers as they are updated during the final hours of open polls Aug. 30 at the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections office. Polls closed their doors at 7 p.m.
Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane, County Commissioner Rob Williamson and County Justice Jose Giraud process provisional ballots as they come in from the election.