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On the Palm Beach County Commission, incumbent Steven Abrams won another four-year term. He will be joined by newcomer Melissa McKinlay, who will replace term-limited Commissioner Jess Santamaria.
Also in Palm Beach County, Erica Whitfield will take a seat on the school board and schools will continue to receive a special property tax to fund art, music and P.E.
In another tight race, state Sen. Maria Sachs, a Democrat, deflected Republican Ellyn Bogdanoff for a second time.
The race for a Broward Circuit Court seat was decided by fewer than 4,300 votes with prosecutor Dennis Bailey winning the judgeship over family-law attorney Rhoda Sokoloff.
Attorney Claudia Robinson, with a lead of 1,017 votes, appears victorious in her attempt to unseat Broward County Judge Ian Richards. Depending on a tally of absentee votes, a recount may be in the offing.
A slew of Democrat incumbents will retain their seats as state representatives. They are: Mark Pafford, Gwyn Clarke-Reed and Hazelle Rogers. Newcomer Kristin Jacobs will join them fresh from the Broward County Commission, as will lawyer Joe Geller who replaces term-limited Rep. Joe Gibbons.
Four Republican incumbents will also return to Florida House of Representatives: Bill Hager, George Moraitis, Manny Diaz Jr. and Carlos Trujillo.
Incumbent Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, a Republican, bested Democrat Ken Keechl, the man he won the seat from four years ago.
Five Democrats will return to the U.S. House: Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson.
In Dania Beach, Marco Salvino Sr. won the most votes, placing him in the mayor's seat. And winning a term as vice mayor with the second-most votes is incumbent Commissioner Bobbie Grace.
On the amendment front: Land and water conservation won, but medical marijuana and judicial appointments for outgoing governors lost.
Amendment 1 passed, guaranteeing state funding for drinking water sources, beaches, forests, wildlife habitat, parks, trails, natural springs and the Everglades.
And voters rejected Amendment 3, which would have handed an outgoing governor the power to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court and other appellate courts when the judicial terms ended at the same time as that governor's.
Hallandale Beach voters kept with familiar faces. Incumbent Anthony Sanders retains Seat 1 on the commission, and Keith London will return to Seat 2 after resigning to run for mayor in 2012 and losing to Joy Cooper.
The Broward County School District got a nod of approval for its $800 million bond referendum. The money will help repair leaky roofs, buy computers and renovate schools.
Voters in Broward and Palm Beach counties voted to continue giving the Children's Services Council a small portion of property taxes to fund programs for at-risk children, including after-school programs, swimming lessons and family counseling.
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