Nelson routs Kilsheimer in Apopka mayoral election

Apopka voters spoke loud and clear today, and its message was a change in direction. Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson defeated Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer in the 2018 mayoral election with a convincing 4,103 votes (63.4%) to Kilsheimer’s 2,369 (36.6%) in a record-breaking turnout. See the original story here.

Nelson will become Apopka’s 24th mayor when he takes the oath of office on April 24th. And despite the appearance of a close election, the results were convincing.

It was a long, hard-fought campaign that ended with a surge of over 3,830 voters turning out on election day to propel Nelson to a convincing victory.  The total vote count of 6,467 was the largest in the history of Apopka mayoral elections.  It far outdistanced Apopka’s 2014 mayoral general election turnout of 4,961, but also the 2014 runoff turnout of 6,155.