MacDougall elected mayor; Mixon wins seat on council

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Ed MacDougall

Although county election officials won’t issue the definitive results until Nov. 14, the balloting from all precincts indicate that in the Nov. 2 election Ed MacDougall won his race for mayor of Cutler Bay and newcomer Mary Ann Mixon captured Seat One on the town council.

MacDougall got 4,216 votes (53.27 percent) to Tim Meerbott’s 3,154 votes (39.85 percent) so no run-off is needed. Kevin Woitke, who also ran for mayor, got 545 votes (6.89 percent).

Mary Ann Mixon

Mixon garnered 4,051 votes (55.78 percent) to her opponent Steve Zarzecki’s 3,212 votes (44.22 percent) and also was elected without the need for a run-off.

Erin O’Donnell, assistant to the town clerk, explained the day after the election about the other seats on the council.

“Peggy Bell was re-elected unopposed, and Ernie Sochin wasn’t up for re-election this year, but we have to appoint a vice mayor now,” O’Donnell said.

Mary Ann Mixon, when reached for comment on Nov. 3, was recuperating after an active campaign of meeting and greeting voters.

“I’m exhausted,” Mixon said. “I’ve been at the polls every day for the last two weeks. After the polls closed I breathed a sigh of relief and then when I went to a watch party and the early results were released and it showed me way ahead, it was at that point that I all of a sudden got nervous.

“It was really exciting. I’d never done anything like this before. It was a lot of work, but being positive and working hard paid off. I’m lo oking forward to the job ahead.”

MacDougall said he was glad that the elections were over with a clear win and that he could focus on the important matters of his new role as mayor.

“We can move forward now with the work at hand,” MacDougall said. “I’m going to be an active mayor, not just showing up for the council meetings, but taking an active role in the day-to- day business of our town government.

“I want to be sure that things continue to improve for our residents, and I hope that we can ease up a bit on some of the code enforcement issues. I’m looking forward to the next four years. I think they’re going to be good ones for the Town of Cutler Bay.”

The newly elected mayor and council members likely will be sworn in on Monday, Nov. 15, with the next regular monthly council meeting scheduled for Nov. 17.

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