Tuesday is Election day in High Springs
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 5:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 5:35 p.m.
Today is election day in High Springs.
Challenger Bobby Summers, a former High Springs and Alachua County commissioner, faces incumbent Sue Weller, who seeks a second term on the City Commission.
Summers, 74, is a Realtor, timberland owner and High Springs native. He served on the High Springs City Commission from 1990 to 1994, including time as mayor, and on the County Commission from 1994-1998.
Weller, 63, is a retired labor relations director for the city of Miami and a High Springs resident since 2004. She was first elected to the High Springs Commission in 2010 and has spent the past year as mayor.
Summers said his focus is on the city’s finances. He said the decision to dip into reserves to balance the current budget shows the need for further belt tightening.
“I felt like the city of High Springs was getting in a bad financial position and needed someone who was conservative and a businessman to get on the commission and straighten the city out.”
Weller said that after a few years of tumult at City Hall, a time that included the resignation or firing of multiple city managers, city attorneys and other staff members, she feels her tenure as mayor has brought civility and stability. She said her campaign message has focused on continuing that.
“Basically, let’s keep the stability in City Hall,” she said. “We’ve had a pretty quiet year.”
High Springs commissioners serve three-year terms. Commissioners are paid $500 a month. The mayor is paid $550.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters will have to provide a valid picture identification with signature.