LAKEWOOD RANCH -- By an unofficial 49.26 percent of the vote, incumbent Alan Silverglat, treasurer of Country Club's Community Development District 5 retained his seat in the only challenged election in Lakewood Ranch this year.
"Pending official notice, I look forward to continuing my service for the next four years. This is a vote of confidence and I will work hard," said Silverglat, after notification of the election results on Wednesday.
Silverglat, 68, who occupies seat 3 on the CDD 5 board, beat political newcomer Ronald R. Steger, who received just over 30 percent of the vote.
There were 224 votes cast (20.63 percent) for neither candidate, in what is termed an "under vote." Country Club has 965 houses.
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Steger, 60, a former accountant with KPMG for more than 30 years, moved from California with his family to the Country Club community of Lakewood Ranch 10 months ago. "I wish Alan all the best and I know he'll do a fine job," he said.
Steger, has since joined a corporate board and is semi-retired, but he says he might try for a run again in the future.
"I thought my financial acumen might be helpful to the board and I look forward to getting involved, but I'm still kind of feeling my way around. Maybe I'll run for something else again."
Fellow CDD 5 supervisor, Martin Cohn, who is the current assistant secretary, ran uncontested for another four-year term.
Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter can be reached at 941-745-7010. Follow her on Twitter@MoschellaHerald.