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After a tight race in Leon County District Five, two candidates rise to the top

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Erich Martin
David O'Keefe says he looks forward to helping voters get to know him better as he heads for the November elections

David O’Keefe and Paula DeBoles-Johnson will face off in November for County Commission District 5—the seat currently held by mayoral candidate Kristin Dozier. O’keefe took about 27% of the vote Tuesday while DeBoles-Johnson won about 26%. O’Keefe said now that the field has shrunk from four to two candidates, he’s looking forward to voters getting to know him better.

“With so many candidates in primary elections, everyone only got little snippets of each candidate, and now with just two candidates in the race, and two candidates in any other races that go to run off, the voters are going to get to learn a lot more about us," O'Keefe said from his campaign office Tuesday evening. "I think that what we’ve seen are the voters in Leon County, and specifically District Five, are very engaged, are very informed, and are making their own decisions."

In a statement, DeBoles-Johnson thanked her supporters saying, “our grassroots movement continues into the November elections.”

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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