Melbourne Beach Election Results

From Florida Today News:

Corey Runte and Wyatt Royce Hoover won a three-way race for two town commission seats in Melbourne Beach, beating out Kim Adkinson-Cowles. 

Runte received 548 votes (40.62%) and Hoover was second 452 votes (33.51%). Challenger Adkinson-Cowles, who is a current code enforcement board member, trailed, with 349 votes (25.87%)

Hoover said he wants to maintain conservative approach toward the town’s tax revenue, while ensuring town facilities and infrastructure remain in good repair.

Runte said his agenda will include sustainability and infrastructure improvements, supporting local businesses and advocating for the lagoon. 

The two elected commissioners will serve three-year terms starting Nov. 20 and will be paid $3,100 a year.

A referendum to change a technicality in city rules also passed Tuesday. In 2017, the town passed a referendum giving authority over the town clerk to the town manager instead of the town commission. One reference to the town clerk reporting to the town commission remained, though, and the town needed another referendum to fully update the language. That charter amendment passed by a vote of 681 (89.61%) to 79 (10.39%).

Another referendum to make references in the town charter to the town manager gender-neutral passed by a vote of 507 (66.02%) to 261 (33.98%).