BRADENTON BEACH -- The race between Incumbent Ward 4 Commissioner Jan Vosburgh and local resident Tjet Martin is over. On Tuesday, Vosburgh beat Martin with 67.7 percent of votes.
"I'm feeling delightful," she said as she sat in her Bradenton Beach home Tuesday night. "I want to thank all of the wonderful people who supported me. They worked long and hard and I'm glad it's over. ... Let's hope now that we can move forward for the city."
Vosburgh was surrounded by a group of friends, who savored lasagna and sipped wine as they all waited for results to trickle in.
In a recent interview with the Bradenton Herald, Vosburgh said if re-elected she would improve the morale among city employees, a task she said she's already begun working on.
"I always say unhappy employees are unproductive employees and we have a lot of unhappy employees in the city," she said.
The race between Vosburgh and Martin, Bradenton Beach Mayor William Shearon's longtime girlfriend, came during great tension surrounding Shearon's administration. On Oct. 28, the Bradenton Beach Commission voted 3-2 to adopt a resolution setting procedures to remove a public official -- namely, Shearon -- from office.
Former Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Brueler, 70, celebrated Vosburgh. She was confident Vosburgh would win.
"She's fabulous. She's a hard worker. She listens to her constituents. She's a budget hawk," she said. "She cares about the citizens. She cares about the businesses. She cares about the city."
Attempts to reach Martin on Tuesday were unsuccessful. There was some criticism surrounding her running for office because some claimed her relationship with Shearon would present a conflict of interest. In a recent interview, the longtime resident told the Herald "there is no state law against what I'm doing."
Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Jack Clarke said he stopped by Vosburgh's to celebrate his friend's victory.
"I was confident that she would win," he said. "The margin of victory was greater than I had anticipated, but I am not surprised."
Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. Follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.