Justin Flippin returns to the commission; Scott Newton re-elected

Voters returned Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick to office on Tuesday with 52 percent of the vote.

Resnick, 54, has served as Mayor of the Island City since 2008. He garnered 2,335 votes to 1,989 for challenger Doug Blevins. Boyd Corbin finished a distant third with 190 votes.

“It feels great,” said Resnick after claiming victory late Tuesday night. “The city is doing phenomenally well and voters recognized that.”

Resnick said he has a list of priorities to continue moving Wilton Manors forward and noted the ground breaking of a new park and luxury rental apartment building as signs of a bright future.

“We’ve got great progress going on,” Resnick said.

In the seven person race for City Commission, Justin Flippen led all candidates with 2,049 votes.

“It’s good to be back,” said Flippen, who was elected the first time to the Commission in 2008. “Wilton Manors is very special to me. I grew up here and I am very humbled to be serving again on the commission.”

Flippen, 36, credited his campaign team for a strong and dedicated “grass roots” effort.

“We were very voter focused,” he said. “We walked every street in the city.”

Incumbent Scott Newton, 57, was re-elected to the Commission, placing second with 1,886 votes.

“The voters know I’m looking out for the whole community,” said Newton, who is straight but yet still received the endorsement of the largest statewide LGBT rights group, Equality Florida.

As a native of Broward County, Newton said he has seen a lot of changes in Wilton Manors and feels the city is going in the right direction.

“It’s very rewarding to have the voters put their trust in me for another term,” Newton said.

Ted P. Galatis placed third in the running with 1,393 votes, Sal Torre came in fourth with 811 votes, Lillie Harris was fifth with 629 votes followed by Naomi Ruth Parker with 323 votes and Christopher Warnig with 133 votes.