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Leslie Waters re-elected Seminole mayor

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Leslie Waters won her second term as Seminole Mayor Monday when qualifying passed, and no one signed up to oppose her.

Leslie Waters
Leslie Waters
Thom Barnhorn
Thom Barnhorn
Jim Quinn
Jim Quinn

Incumbents Thom Barnhorn and Jim Quinn are facing a challenge from Tom Christy for the two open seats on the Seminole council. Christy is making his seventh try for a place on the Seminole City Council. The two top vote-getters will take office.

Waters could not be reached for comment.

Waters is a former Republican member of the Florida House, serving from 1998 through 2008 when she termed out of office. She served as House speaker pro tem from 2006-2008.

She was elected to the Seminole council in 2010 and became interim mayor from 2012 to 2013 when then-Mayor Jimmy Johnson resigned for health reasons. She was elected without opposition in 2012.

Barnhorn is a financial adviser and owner of Barnhorn Financial. He served on the Seminole council from 2006 to 2009. He returned to the council later in 2009 and had served since. Quinn is retired. He has served on the Seminole council since 2010. Christy is semiretired.

Seminole council members serve three-year terms. The mayor earns $11,000 a year and council members earn $8,200. The nonpartisan election is Nov. 8.

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