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Incumbent trails in four-way race

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000

LUTZ -- Newcomers led the four-way race early Tuesday night for the board of supervisors of the Cheval West Community Development District.

The race's only incumbent, Earl Burley, trailed behind Ray Miller, David Rankin and Lori Lencioni, with absentee ballots counted.

Voters were asked to choose three supervisors for the five-member board, which oversees the upkeep of the community's common areas.

The race was an important one for the district since residents will now control the majority of the seats, instead of the builder and developer. Residents currently control two seats.

The top three vote-getters will serve on the board in the 500-home community, which represents about half of the Cheval development.

The candidates were Burley, a 64-year-old retired Army pilot and president of the Cheval West Community Association; Lencioni, a 41-year-old former sales executive and community volunteer; Miller, a 56-year-old who markets equipment and services to the bridge and dam building industry; and Rankin, a 48-year-old Carrollwood lawyer, who is concerned about fiscal conservatism.

The development district is generally located west and south of the Tournament Players Club.

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