Clay County Municipal Super Tuesday unofficial results announced

Don Johnson

Three council seats were on the ballots in Orange Park and Green Cove Springs in Clay County Municipal Super Tuesday races.

Incumbent Susana Thompson retained her seat on the Orange Park Town Council, winning with 60.28 percent of the vote, according to unofficial returns from the Clay County Supervisor of Elections website.

Thompson’s challenger, Susan Sandlin, received 39.72 percent of the vote.

In Green Cove Springs, Thomas Michael Smith and incumbent Steven Kelley won city council seats. Smith received 70.51 percent of the vote for Seat 4 on the city council and Kelley got 57.51 percent to win Seat 5, according to unofficial returns.

Smith’s challenger, Kenneth Mudge, received 29.49 percent of the vote. Seat 4 was being vacated by Van Royal due to term limits.

Smith is a former member of the Green Cove Springs Police Department. According to his bio, issues that are most important to him include “growing with a purpose, public safety, and supporting our kids.”

Kelley won over Darren Stutts, who received 42.49 percent of the vote.

Kelley is a small business owner. He posted videos to his Facebook page where he talks about being “very passionate” about development concerns. He says he wants to make sure any new development “interacts with Green Cove Springs in a way that doesn’t compromise our quality of life.”

To see the election results on the Supervisor of Elections website, click here.

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Clay County held municipal elections on Tuesday in Orange Park and Green Cove Springs.Photo courtesy of the Clay County Supervisor of Elections Facebook page

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