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Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters reelected for another term.

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Leslie Waters reelected Seminole Mayor

Waters has been Mayor since 2013.

Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters decisively won reelection Tuesday night, taking a solid 67 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Darren Clark, earned just 33 percent.

Waters has served as the city of Seminole’s Mayor since 2013. She was first elected to Seminole City Council in 2009, served as Vice Mayor from 2010 to 2011 and as interim Mayor for several months between 2012 and 2013.

Previously, Waters served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998 until 2006, serving as Speaker Pro-Tempore during her final term in office.

Waters worked in a variety of industries including insurance, government relations and postsecondary education, including as an adjunct professor of political science for the University of South Florida St. Pete and Eckerd College.

She also authored a book published this year called “Good Morning Mayor, What’s Up?”

Waters has served in several volunteer capacities, including at Brookwood, a young women’s residence, the United Way, March of Dimes, children with disabilities service PARC, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk and several volunteer and outreach events in her city.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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