ANNA MARIA - City of Anna Maria voters cast ballots to recall City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus and install a challenger as his replacement, according to results released Monday.
But the official vote has not been certified. That is expected after Stolztfus' appeal of a pending court case is heard by the Second District Court of Appeal.
In the Sept. 7 recall election, voters cast 362 in favor of recall and 331 against, numbers released Monday showed. Those in favor of recalling Stoltzfus won by a margin of 52.24 percent to 47.76 percent.
Voters also decided to not reappoint Stoltzfus to the seat. Instead, they voted in 74-year-old architect Eugene E. Aubry. The vote was 363 for Aubry to 333 for Stoltzfus, a margin of 52.16 percent to 47.84 percent.
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Both candidates were out of town Monday when City Clerk Alice Baird read the official tally at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office.
It was a whirlwind day that saw the state appeals court partially lift a stay put on the election results by Manatee County Circuit Judge Ed Nicholas. On Sept. 3, Nicholas ordered the ballots sealed until at least Sept. 24 so Stoltzfus' appeal could be heard.
But a group called Citizens for Sunshine appealed Nicholas' stay, saying ballots are public records and must be released. The appeals court agreed, but did not order the results to be certified.