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Election 2004

2 incumbents win, another defeated by former chief

Susan Kirk and John Kendall are voted back into office, but ex-police Chief Jim Farley ousts Kitty Ebert.

By RAGHURAM VADAREVU
Published November 3, 2004


Precinct-by-precinct

THE PRESIDENCY
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THE SENATE
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THE STATE
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Justices' jobs appear safe, judging by early returns
Voters call it a draw in doctor-lawyer battle
Senate lead at just under 1 percent
Cantero, Bell easily hang onto seats

TAMPA BAY
Coats easily beats former shock jock
Lines pose biggest problem for voters
Local roots, support boost Burke's victory
Pinellas Suncoast race close; fee hike fails
Voters approve higher tax to help Pinellas teachers, schools
Biggest voting gripe: long lines

PASCO
Pasco pulls off smooth election
Kurt Browning bests Bergy
Fiorentino secures job after tough quest
Incumbent Hildebrand sails to sixth term
Jack Mariano upsets Peter Altman

HERNANDO
Voters pack polls with vigor
Fagan leads decisively, vows to seek consensus
Nugent 'thrilled' as he heads to easy win
Precincts experience only minor problems
Pugh cruises in 1 race; recount likely in other
In Hernando: experience, Democrats

CITRUS
Fervor, dignity meet at polls
Spivey charges past Takac for seat on bench
2 incumbents win, another defeated by former chief

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CRYSTAL RIVER - City Council member Susan M. Kirk easily won re-election Tuesday, while her council colleague John R. Kendall narrowly won another term.

But a third incumbent, Kitty Ebert, lost to former city police Chief Jim Farley.

According to unofficial results, Kendall defeated challenger John M. Kostelnick by 23 votes out of 1,593 ballots cast. Farley defeated Ebert 973 to 634 and Kirk collected 1,193 votes to 400 for challenger Phil Jannarone.

Kostelnick said he would ask for a recount. The unofficial tally Tuesday was 802 to 779 in Kendall's favor.

"It's so close," Kostelnick said. "If it was a big margin, I wouldn't do it."

Meanwhile, Kendall was breathing a sigh of relief, thanking his supporters "who worked so hard to make this victory possible."

"I'm quite elated," he said. "It only takes one vote to win."

After defeating Ebert, who already has served three council terms, Farley said, "I think the community wanted a change. I don't think the community is happy with the direction they (the council) have taken over the last few years."

Kirk is often the lone voice of opposition on the council and was the only council member to vote against the controversial annexation of 500-plus acres. "I think the people like what I'm doing. I think that's what they are telling me when they filled in that little oval for me," she said.

Ebert could not be reached for comment. Jannarone deferred an interview request until today. The new council members were sworn in to office on Tuesday night.

In related news, a charter amendment that reduced the number of council members from five to four - with the elected mayor becoming the fifth council member - passed by a 840 to 781 vote, according to unofficial results.

[Last modified November 2, 2004, 22:48:07]


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