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Winners & Losers 8/23/12

WINNERS

Ashton Hayward
The mayor of Pensacola announced recently that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to reimburse the city $1,012,389 for costs associated with Hurricane Ivan. FEMA had originally denied the request for the costs associated with the removal of debris from 64 city parks. The receivable had been on the city’s books for nearly eight years. Hayward had made it a priority and traveled to Washington, D.C. in March 2011 to personally meet with FEMA. He also solicited the help of Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Jeff Miller. Mission accomplished, mayor.

Ernie Lee Magaha
Yes, the Escambia County Clerk of Court lost his re-election bid to newcomer Pam Childers. However, he is still a winner in our book for his long years of dedicated service and for being the watchdog over county finances. The voters felt that after 50 years of service it was time for a well-deserved rest.

Jeff Nall
The vice president of communication and development at the Council on Aging of West Florida was installed as state president of the Florida Public Relations Association. Also on the 2012-2013 executive committee as vice presidents are Valeria Lento, director of communications for Visit Pensacola, and Gordon Paulus, senior corporate communication specialist with Gulf Power.

LOSERS

Sam Archer
The Escambia County Commission District 5 candidate failed to pay his 2011 property taxes on seven properties in the county. The taxes, fees and interest total $8,128.46. Tax certificates were sold on the properties including Archer’s residence, according to the Escambia County Tax Collector Office. Archer, who has loaned his campaign over $86,000, told NorthEscambia.com that the non-payment was an oversight and blamed his CPA. He lost the race to Steven Berry by 249 votes.

Buck Lee
The Santa Rosa Island Authority manager needs to break out the sunscreen, because the voters in Santa Rosa County aren’t interested in him going back to Milton. Lee, who has been elected county commissioner in both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, lost his bid for Santa Rosa County supervisor of elections to Tappie Villane. Beach versus Milton? We would pick the beach any day.

Dirty Campaigns
The anonymous attack blogs and email blasts and phony Facebook pages failed to win any race on Tuesday. The voters didn’t buy into the wild charges and conspiracy theories that some of the political handlers tried to push. While they might like a juicy gossip tale, Escambia County voters can see through the manure.