In a close runoff, John Reardon defeated Ron Sanchez yesterday
to become the Republican candidate in the Nov. 3 election for
the St. Johns County Commission District 2 seat.
Reardon, a 34-year-old former St. Augustine city commissioner,
will face Democrat Cathy Brown in the general election. Sanchez
said he would support Brown.
Reardon said in his campaign against Brown he'll continue to
focus on growth, a major issue facing not only his southwest St.
Johns district but the county as a whole.
"People are concerned here with development and how it will
affect their quality of life," said Reardon, a real estate
agent. "It has to be the right kind of development. The
southwest part of the county needs well-paying jobs."
He expressed gratitude to his family, friends and other
supporters who helped him through his campaign. He also said
he's been longtime friends with Brown "and I respect her a great
deal. It should be an interesting race."
Sanchez, 55, a building contractor, was somewhat bitter about
the loss, saying Reardon's misstatements about Sanchez's
contributions from builders' organizations affected the outcome. …