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Scott Newton is returning to lead his hometown once again.

Newton was elected to serve as Wilton Manors Mayor, a position he held from 2004-2008. With all six of the Island City’s precincts reporting, Newton received 3,161 votes to edge out Commissioner Julie Carson, who collected 3,045. Reality TV Chef Josie Smith-Malave came a distant third with 873 votes.

Carson’s loss means the commission will be composed entirely by White men. She thanked her supporters in a Facebook post for “standing with me in support of the Island City and my dreams for its future. I am blessed to have served this community and look forward to its prosperity.”

Newton, 63, owns an upholstery business and is a longtime community volunteer. He will be the lone non-gay member of the commission.


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