Hawthorne election for city commission seat

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HAWTHORNE, Fla. (WCJB) -- The polls were open in Hawthorne Tuesday as voters headed out to cast their ballot for a city commission seat.

Residents chose between incumbent Jimmy Floyd and challenger Jacquelyn Randall to take the seat.

A steady flow of voters cast their ballots at the Hawthorne Community Center Tuesday Floyd and Randall vie for a spot on the city commission.

Floyd has held this position for four years.

He said if he is re-elected he hopes to continue to be a part of the town's growth.

"I'm here to see the city grow, to help it grow and we're doing a good job of doing that right now and I just want things to continue going the way they're going," he said.

Randall never thought she would run for office but she wants to follow in her families footsteps.

Her mother, grandfather, and mother's uncle have all served on the commission.

If elected she said she'll focus on healthcare and education.

"Those are a big part of my platform and who I am as a person. It's not about the circumstance that I am in health care and have been for the last 10 years so that is definitely a passion of mine and I want to see what we can do in the community with that," she said.

When it comes to the voters, for residents like Dorothy Rutledge, she said both candidates would be good for the city.

"They both know Hawthorne and they both grew up here in Hawthorne so I think both of them would be good. I think they should take both of them in," Rutledge said.