With the qualifying period ending, Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson made it official this week, setting their contest for mayor in the March 13 city election.

Kilsheimer, a former journalist and public relations consultant, was first elected mayor of Orange County’s second-largest city in 2014, ousting longtime Apopka Mayor John Land.

Nelson, an insurance agent and former member of the Florida House of Representatives, was elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 2014.

Fields also were set for two City Council seats, with incumbent Diane Velazquez facing three challengers for the District 2 seat: Leroy Bell, Alicia Koutsoulieris, and Alice Nolan. Four candidates also filed for the District 1 seat: Suzanne Kidd, Gene Knight, Theresa Mott, and Alexander Smith.

If there are no majority winners in the city council races in the March 13 elections, a run-off election would be set for April 10.


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