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Winners & Losers 9/8/16

Winners
Martin D. Holley
The Auxiliary Bishop of Washington D.C. and an advocate of minority issues has been appointed the new Bishop of Memphis, Tenn. by Pope Francis. Holley graduated from Tate High School where he was captain of the basketball team and named to the school’s Hall of Fame. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in 1987. His first assignment was parochial vicar of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ft. Walton Beach, where he later became administrator. He also served at St. Paul Catholic Church and Little Flower Catholic Church, both in Pensacola.

Gladies Wooten
The Navy recognized the former housing manager at Pensacola Naval Air Station for her more than 20 years of civilian service. Wooten received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, which recognized her many years of service and her efforts to find housing for military families during natural disasters. During her tenure as manager for the base, Wooten oversaw more than 1,000 government-owned and leased homes.

Pensacola State College
For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Education lists Pensacola State College as a best value among public four-year colleges and universities. The college is ranked number 26 on the list of 68 institutions cited for lowest tuition in the DOE College Affordability and Transparency annual report. With tuition listed as $2,704, PSC is seventh among the 24 Florida colleges to make the most affordable list.

Losers
Mike Hill
Political karma is a bitch. Hill won his seat in 2013 by slamming his opponents, Ed Gray and Jack Nobles, with mailers to voters in the district. This time, it was Doug Broxson and his supporters who hit Hill with an onslaught of mailers. Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Chamber and the NRA came out big for Broxson. Their message was that Broxson could be trusted. Hill? Not so much. Broxson soundly defeated Hill for the State Senate seat.

Corrine Brown
The Congresswoman from Jacksonville was the only incumbent congressional member in either party to lose a primary last week.  Al Lawson beat Brown by nine percentage points. He represented the Sixth District in the Florida Senate from 2000 through 2010. It didn’t help Brown that she was under federal indictment, and her district boundaries had been redrawn. Instead of stretching through North Florida from Jacksonville to Orlando, her district lines moved west through parts of Leon County.

Old Escambia Politics
On Aug. 30, Ron McNesby lost his bid to his prove his 2008 loss to Sheriff David Morgan was a fluke, failing to get 15 percent of the votes cast this time.  Escambia County’s triumvirate that dominated county politics from 2004-2008, County Administrator George Touart, Commissioner Mike Whitehead and Sheriff Ron McNesby, has lost every election in which they have run over the past eight years. The voters have spoken, repeatedly.  No one wants to return to those days.