Maciel withdraws following announcement of city election qualifying results

Incumbent District 3 Commissioner Mark A. Maciel is supporting and endorsing a new candidate to fill his position.

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Incumbent District 3 Commissioner Mark A. Maciel has announced his withdrawal from the city of Winter Garden's municipal general election.

Following the city's election qualifying results announcement Tuesday, Nov. 14, Maciel announced his withdrawal Thursday, Nov. 16.

"It has been my honor to serve the residents of Winter Garden these past eight years," Maciel said. "I felt it was time to make way for new generation and fresh leadership in District 3. During my term as commissioner, the city of Winter Garden has executed key land purchases for affordable housing, secured over $20 million for the redevelopment of east Winter Garden, annexed key parcels for the betterment of the residents, spotlighted (the) important history of our east Winter Garden neighborhood, championed the redevelopment of Dyson's Plaza and Center Street, reduced crime, fought for smart development and more. I'm so very grateful to city staff and their tireless efforts, particularly, our City Manager Jon (C.) Williams. I'm so grateful for the unyielding support and leadership from our great mayor, John Rees, and the rest of the Winter Garden commission. I will truly miss our time together...but I will still be here to serve our great city whenever called upon."

Maciel said he decided months ago to support and endorse a new candidate for his position: Chloe Johnson.

"I’ve been working with Chloe Johnson  for many years and witnessed her unyielding commitment to our city," he said. "She has served diligently on the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, One Winter Garden, and I recently appointed her to the Planning and Zoning Board. She is well prepared for the challenge, as there is much more work to do. I’m looking forward to supporting Chloe in her campaign for city commissioner, District 3."

Johnson will run against candidate Karen McNeil in District 3.

In District 2, candidates Danny "DJ" Culberson Jr. and Iliana R. Jones will face off against incumbent Ron Mueller.

Current District 4 Commissioner Colin Sharman is unopposed, so no election will be required. 

The municipal general election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

Polling locations are to be determined.

For more information, contact City Clerk Angela J. Grimmage, supervisor of municipal elections, at (407) 656-4111, Ext. 2297.



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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