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Frank Buie won reelection to a second term on the Chiefland City Commission defeating challenger Alice Monyei 152 to 94 in Tuesday’s balloting at City Hall.
It was the third contest between the two for the Group 1 seat. Monyei defeated Buie in his first race in 2005 and he went on to defeat her in 2007.
Buie, a retired on a military disability, is known for his travels around the city on a motorized scooter with a bright orange pennant overhead.
The other two city commissioners up for election this year, Rollin Hudson and Sammy Cason, were both re-elected without opposition. In the latest race, the most hotly contested point between the two was whether Buie was following Monyei to residents’ door to ask for votes or vice versa as both professed respect and friendship for each other and their families.
“I think I am the best qualified at doing the job,” Buie said. “And I leave it to the citizens of Chiefland to prove whether I have done a good job” Buie, a World War II veteran, has roots deep in the city, as does Monyei.
Buie, father of three, said he wanted to work to attract industry to the city and is hopeful the TriCounty Hospital, which is due to open in spring 2011 will help keep young people in the city with healthcare careers.
“I think if we keep advertising our industrial park we will get people to come to Chiefland and have good employment. My intention is to work hard to get industry to come. “The hospital is coming,” he said.