Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Retrospective on Tuesday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A Retrospective on Tuesday

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Round One is over. Next up, the runoffs.

But before going there, take a look at some of the best and worst from Tuesday's election.

Worst Performance by Registered Voters: At 22.7 percent, turnout was terrible. Those of you who didn't vote should remember that when the City Council rezones the lot next door so the owner can turn it into a outdoor skateboard park or toxic waste transfer station.

Best Idea to Change Government: Term limits knocked 12 incumbents from the council, guaranteeing open seats and competitive races but not turnout.

Best Cost Per Vote Ratio in a Countywide Race: Democrat Ernie Mastroianni spent about 42 cents per vote and won the property appraiser's race with 70 percent of the vote.

Worst Cost Per Vote Ratio in a Countywide Race: Democrat Al Kinard spent about $8.16 per vote and finished third in the supervisor of elections race, well behind Republican John Stafford and Democrat Warren Jones, who spent 77 cents and $1.29 per vote, respectively. Jones and Stafford are in the May 11 runoff.

Best Record by Campaign Consultants: Jacksonville University Political Research Center. JU went five for five, with three candidates winning outright and two headed to runoffs. The winners were Democrat Warren Alvarez in council District 11, Republican Matt Carlucci in District 5 and Democrat Pat Lockett-Felder in District 7. Democrats Suzanne Jenkins and Gwen Yates are headed to runoffs. Jenkins faces Republican Gary Dickinson in District 4, and Yates faces Democrat James Breaker in District 8.

Worst Way to Lose out on a Runoff: Democrat Omega Allen missed the runoff in the District 8 race by just nine votes to Breaker.

Best TV Commercial: Tie between Alvarez in District 11 and Republican Elaine Brown in At-large Group 2.

Best Use of Reruns in a TV Commercial: Sheriff Nat Glover, a Democrat, plugged footage from his award-winning 1995 campaign commercials into this year's version. …

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