Republicans sweep Marion County elections

Source: MGN
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MARION COUNTY, Fla., (WCJB) -- Many incumbents keep their seats and win with a large margin.

Senate District 12 covers southern Marion, northern Lake, and all of Sumter counties, and the New York Times reports it is won by incumbent republican Senator Dennis Baxley.

Senator Baxley wins with 65 percent of the vote. He says he'll prioritize career and technical schools, hurricane Michael relief, and economic development.

"I'm extremely grateful andI feel like there's some great things ahead," Baxley said, "Florida is on the right track with the right leadership, as long as we don't take too many sharp left turns or sharp right turns, we can have a continuing, bountiful, prosperous time for Florida, particularly North Central Florida."

For House District 22, which covers western Marion and all of Levy counties, incumbent republican Charlie Stone keeps his seat...the New York Times reports he won with 64 percent of the vote.

Stone will face a term limit after this term...Stone says his top priorities are education, public safety, and healthcare.

"This is my last term and I am excited about being with the voters and representing the good citizens of western Marion and Levy counties in House District 22," Stone said, "I am excited about it, I think we have great things coming."

For school board -- Eric Cummings beats out Ed Wilson in school board district 3.

In district 4 -- Nancy Thrower wins the seat against two term incumbent Angie Boynton.

In district 5 -- one term incumbent Kelly King beat Sheila Arnett by a slim four thousand votes.