Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; Bradley, Cummings Join Other Newcomers Men Take Experience and Sizable Margins of Victory into Office

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS; Bradley, Cummings Join Other Newcomers Men Take Experience and Sizable Margins of Victory into Office

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Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY

The two newest Clay County commissioners will take their seats later this month with local government experience and strong constituent support already in hand.

Attorney Rob Bradley, who filled a vacant commission seat in 2007 during an incumbent's suspension and is legal counsel to the municipalities of Keystone Heights and Orange Park, and Travis Cummings, a former Orange Park Town Council member, were elected in the Tuesday general election with sizable margins over their respective opponents.

Bradley, 38, won the new commission chairman position, which is elected countywide, with a record number of votes. He received 73,242 votes, or 95.8 percent, to the 3,204, or 4.19 percent, for opponent Mike Heemer. He said his total beat the previous record for the most votes ever given to a candidate on a Clay County ballot, held until Tuesday by President George W. Bush, who received 62,078 votes in 2004.

"I am overwhelmed by the support from the voters of Clay County," Bradley said Wednesday. "I am humbled and privileged to be the first ever elected Clay County Commission chairman."

In the District 3 race, financial consultant Cummings had 9,191 votes, or 71.6 percent, compared to opponent Ron Raymond's 3,630 votes, or 28.3 percent.

Cummings, 36, said his background, qualifications and commitment to the community appealed to voters.

"The hard work paid off," he said. "I feel fortunate the voters believed in our campaign and gave us the opportunity."

Heemer, who ran as a write-in candidate, and Raymond, who ran with no party affiliation, both 62, said they faced steep uphill climbs running against well-funded, well-known Republicans Bradley and Cummings.

Still, Heemer said he was "overwhelmed" that more than 3,000 people took the time to remember his name and write it on the ballot. …

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