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Runoff in Lake Worth mayor race

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - A special election for Lake Worth mayor has ended with two candidates heading into a runoff.

Political newcomer Rachel Waterman won just over 41 percent of the votes, followed by city hall veteran Tom Ramiccio with 29.84 percent of the votes. The winner of the runoff will serve until the Noember 8 regular city election.

Ramiccio finished less than 100 votes ahead of Lisa Maxwell, and Javier del Sol finished fourth in the race with fewer than 100 votes.

A small group of supporters lined the sidewalks in Lake Worth to show their support for their chosen candidate. But while the support showed up in the streets, it was nearly a no show at the polls.

Lisabeth Felty made it her full time job to wave down drivers to make them pull over and vote. Unfortunately, her efforts fell slightly short. "It's a lower turnout than we would have liked," she says. "It's June, people aren't use to voting in June."

That's disappointing considering last month there was outrage from many Lake Worth residents after former Mayor Rene Varela decided to step down.

Vice Mayor Suzanne Mulvehill says the commission feared a low turnout because of summer vacations. "Had he waited just six days, we would not be having this special election," says Mulvehill. "It is the middle of off season, too. We have a number of residents out of town."

Other residents say the mayor's early exit also caused some animosity amongst voters. The new mayor will only hold office for four months. Their commitment will be appreciated since it's costing the city $25,000 in a time where funds are tight.

A total of 2,507 votes were cast Tuesday, about 16 percent of the city's 15,447 registered voters.

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